This year the pioneer of modern dance and choreography José Limón will be honored with an official United States Stamp. The Mexican born dancer's most famous work is called The Moor's Pavane based on Shakespeare's Othello. In 1946, Limón founded the José Limón Dance Company. In December 1972, at the age of 64, Jose Limón died from cancer. In 1997 he was inducted into the National Museum of Dance Hall of Fame.
José Julián Martí Pérez (28 January, 1853–19 May 1895) was a leader of the Cuban independence movement from Spain and as well a renowned poet and writer. He is considered the national hero of Cuba and often referred to as the "Apostle of Cuban Independence". Revolution Square: José Martí Monument designed by Enrique Luis Varela, sculpture by Juan José Sicre and finished in 1958.
Painting of an Afro-Puerto Rican soldier wearing the uniform of the Free Black Militia of Puerto Rico of 1785. Painting by José Campeche, the first known visual artist painter of Puerto Rico. http://www.puertoricanpainter.com/Campeche.htm
Ruth Fernández was the first: -successful Afro-Puerto Rican female singer -woman to sing in a PR orchestra -Puerto Rican woman to sing popular music at the Metropolitan Opera House in NYC -Latina singer of romantic music to sing in the Scandinavian countries -Latina to record with a North American band. Was a member of the Puerto Rican Senate. She is said to be one of three artists whose contributions have helped unite Latin America.
Actor and comedian Langston Faizon Santisima known as Faizon Love was born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba and raised in Newark, New Jersey. Faizon is known for his roles in comedy hit movies such as "Couples Retreat", "Elf", "Friday", "Made" and "ParentHood" among many others. The Afro-Cuban has also appeared on Def Comedy Jam, Martin Lawrence's 1st Amendment Stand-Up, and BET’s “Comic View”.
Maurice A. Ferré was born on June 23, 1935 in Ponce, Puerto Rico. His is the nephew of the former governor of Puerto Rico Luis A. Ferré. He served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1967–1968 and became the first United States mayor born in Puerto Rico and the first Latino Mayor of Miami when elected into office serving six terms from 1973-1985.