The story of the Puerto Rican people is unique in the history of U.S. immigration. This vibrant community has a long history in New Jersey and has become an integral part of the fabric of the Garden State. Please join us for the kick-off event for the Newark Public Library's 2017 Latino Celebration exhibit and program series. Keynote Speaker, Samuel Delgado, Vice President for External Affairs for Verizon New Jersey. Other special guests include Edgardo Miranda-Rodríguez, creator and writer of the new critically-acclaimed superhero and comic book series, La Borinqueña, and Nelson “Butchie” Nieves and the members of the Puerto Rican Day Parade 2017 Royal Court. The evening’s festivities include a Salsa dance performance and lesson. Latino Celebration 2017 programs and exhibit are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and administered by the Essex Council Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs, support from Verizon / NJ Shares Communications Lifeline program, and by a grant from the Friends of the HRIC.