"Surrealism runs through the streets," the Colombian author, who died today at age 87, told The Atlantic in 1973. ”Surrealism comes from the reality of Latin America.”
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April 15, 1947: Jackie Robinson Breaks Barriers
On this day in 1947: Jackie Robinson broke the baseball color line and became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball.
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¡Azúcar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz
This week we celebrate the women of Salsa, and we begin with the legendary Afro-Cuban signer Celia Cruz, a master of many different genres of Afro-Caribbean song with a rich powerful voice and electrifying stage presence! The story of Celia Cruz can inspire students to explore a wide range of subjects, including immigration, history, geography, music theory, music history, and art.
The Smithsonian National Museum of American History has an exhibition site, ¡Azúcar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz where you can learn about the life, music, and personal style of Celia Cruz. There educators can find lessons in PDF version that can be downloaded and printed for classroom use. The lesson plan, “Exile: Cuba and the United States” focuses on Celia’s homeland and the events of the Cuban revolution and its effect on U.S./Cuban relations and U.S. foreign policy. On a lighter note the “Design Your Performance” lesson guides learners through understand the role of aesthetics and style in the performing arts through exploring photos and musical performances of Celia Cruz as inspiration for set and costume design. These lessons range for learners K-12 so there is something to engage everyone, and the site and resources are bilingual.
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