Growing up Puerto Rican in the South Bronx of the 1950s and 60s was tough. Poverty, alcoholism, domestic violence, and being the "invisible minority" were daily occurrences. Yet Sonia Manzano found her refuge in the performing arts, and the young dancer was poised to accept the job of a lifetime when the Children's Television Workshop cast her as Maria on the now-acclaimed Sesame Street children's program. After four decades of performing on PBS, author Manzano reflects on the importance of children of color seeing themselves represented in the media--both on the stage and behind the camera.
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Alan Headbloom is an interculturalist and applied linguist building international bridges across a variety of industries. He gives workshops and presentations on global communication as well as domestic HR issues such as unconscious bias and microaggressions in the workplace.
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Maha Freij and the Arab American MOVEment
Maha Freij is Executive Director at ACCESS (www.accesscommunity.org), and a leading visionary in the Arab American community with regard to philanthropy and building strong institutions to strengthen the voice of the community in American civil society. She tells her personal immigration story as well as shares news of their upcoming MOVE conference this November in metro Detroit.