2019 Annual Latina Voices

2019 Annual Latina Voices
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Date(s) - 09/21/2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

PPLD - Library 21c


Latina Voices showcases the successes and talents of several Colorado Latinas.

This year’s presenters include:

Katherine Latona, a native of Colombia and a recent graduate of UCCS, overcame many stumbling blocks on her way to an art history degree. She discovered that asking for help resulted in both financial aid and mentoring to let her achieve her goal. Latona has studied monuments and their influence on cultural identity, with an eye to contemporary controversies concerning Civil War monuments.

She plans to pursue a master’s degree.

Dolores M. Martinez is a native of Colorado, born and raised in the southern part of the state, where many of her ancestors settled in the 1800’s after their migration from New Mexico. She earned B.A and M.A degrees in political science from the University of Colorado and worked in the legal field for 40 years.

Her lifelong interest in genealogy inspired her to write Experiences in the Historical Borderlands: A Shared Ancestry, published in 2018.

Connie Benavidez founder of Ballet Folklorico de la Raza

Connie Solano de Benavidez, was born in Boone, a small town east of Pueblo, and grew up in Avondale, until she married and moved to Colorado Springs. She worked at Peterson Air Force Base for 35 years. She and her daughters began dancing with small groups in 1983 and in May 1994 started their own dance group, Ballet Folklorico de la Raza.

She sewed all the costumes and still has a closet full of Mexican Folklorico dance dresses for Jalisco, Vera Cruz, Sinaloa, Norteno, Yucatan and Aguas Calientes styles of dance. At 81, she still makes costumes for the group.

Some of her former students will perform at the event in her honor.

Cost:  Free
Date:  September 21, 2019
Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Location:  PPLD – Library 21 C, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr, Colorado Springs, CO



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