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According to Wikipedia, Hispanic Americans are Americans of origins in Hispanic countries of Latin America or in Spain. This encompasses distinct sub-groups by national origin and race, and there is much diversity of race and ancestry within national origin groups as well.

In Cleveland, Puerto Ricans make up the largest part of the local Spanish-speaking population but there are growing communities from Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, Colombia and other countries.

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News and Upcoming Events for Hispanics in Cleveland


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Out & About - Photos and Event Recaps

2016

Convención Hispana 2016

Every 3 years Convencion Hispana is put on in Cleveland by the Hispanic Roundtable. The 2016 Convencion was held at Max Hayes High School on West 65th Street. This free assembly provided education, empowerment, health and workforce development resources for Northeast Ohio's Latino community.

One highlight of the Convencion was the discussion led by Hispanic Roundtable president Jose Feliciano with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Cuyahoga County executive Armond Budish.

Jose Feliciano and Cleveland Fire Chief Angelo Calvillo

Jose Feliciano and Cleveland Fire Chief Angelo Calvillo


Photos and Videos from Convención Hispana 2016


Rita Moreno in Cleveland

The legendary Rita Moreno came to Cleveland to be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Convencion Hispana. The evening before she was a guest at a preview reception at Baker Hostetler where Hispanic Roundtable president Jose Feliciano practices law.

Rita Moreno is a Puerto Rican-American actress and singer. Her career has spanned over 70 years; among her notable acting work are supporting roles in the musical films The King and I and West Side Story, as well as a 1971–77 stint on the children's television series The Electric Company, and a supporting role on the 1997-2003 TV drama Oz.

Rita Moreno and Jose Feliciano

Rita Moreno and Jose Feliciano


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Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at Cleveland City Hall

Judge José A. Villanueva and José C. Feliciano were honored at Cleveland City Hall at the kickoff event to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month .

José A. Villanueva and José C. Feliciano

José A. Villanueva and José C. Feliciano


Both men have been inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.

José Feliciano with grandson Ciarán and dancers from Peru

José Feliciano with grandson Ciarán and dancers from Peru

Mayor Frank Jackson with José Feliciano with grandson Ciarán

Mayor Frank Jackson with José Feliciano with grandson Ciarán



Hispanic Roundtable Convención Hispana 2016 Kickoff Event

Hispanic Roundtable Chairman Jose Feliciano and Debbie and Dan Hanson of ClevelandPeople.Com invited over 100 leaders of various ethnic communities in Cleveland to a preview event at Moncho's Bar & Grill where he explained the Convención and urged them to inform their communities.

Jose Feliciano at Kickoff event

Jose Feliciano at Kickoff event


Photos from the Convención Hispana 2016 Kickoff Event


2015

Mariachi Band for Our Lady of Guadalupe and Mexican Immigrant Family

A group of Mexican immigrants from Painesville and Polish parishioner met in front of St Casimir Catholic Church in Cleveland to pray for a Miracle from the Polish icon Our Lady of Czestochowah and her Mexican counterpart Our Lady of Guadalupe to keep the family of Carmen Camarillo of Painesville together. Mariachi Santa Cecilia of Painesville performed.

Outside St Casimir Church - Our Lady of Guadalupe

Outside St Casimir Church on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe


See more of the music, Church Service and prayers to keep this family together


Grupo Tepehuani Nelli pre-Hispanic era dances at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Grupo Tepehuani Nelli performed pre-Hispanic era dances in beautiful Mexican Aztec costumes at the Cleveland Museum of Art's International Cleveland Community Day in the Atrium of the museum.

Grupo Tepehuani Nelli performed pre-Hispanic era dances in beautiful Mexican Aztec costumes

Grupo Tepehuani Nelli performer


Photos and videos of Grupo Tepehuani Nelli


Mariachi Band at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Mr Vicente M. Sanchez Ventura and the Mexican Consulate from Detroit sponsored a Mariachi Band to perform at the Cleveland Museum of Art's International Cleveland Community Day in the Atrium of the museum.

Mariachi Band

Santa Cecilia Mariachi Band


Photos and videos of the Mariachi Band


2015 Puerto Rican Day Parade

The 2015 Puerto Rican Parade marched through Downtown Cleveland on August 2, 2015.

Parade Madrina and Padrino

2015 Puerto Rican Parade Madrina and Padrino


3 pages of photos and videos from the Puerto Rican Parade


HOLA Mexican Dancers at Cleveland City Hall

The HOLA Mexican Dancers performed classic Mexican dances at the City of Cleveland's 2015 Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall.

HOLA Mexican Dancers

HOLA Mexican Dancers


More photos and videos of the HOLA Mexican Dancers


Cinco de Mayo at Cleveland City Hall

The City of Cleveland celebrates Cinco de Mayo out of respect for its Mexican population specifically but for the Hispanic and broader community as well. A luncheon event was held at Cleveland City Hall on May 5, 2015.

Santa Cecilia Mariachi Band

Santa Cecilia Mariachi Band


See photos, videos and more from Cinco de Mayo 2015 in Cleveland


Honorable José A. Villanueva inducted into Cleveland International Hall of Fame

Honorable José A. Villanueva was being inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame on April 29, 2015. Judge Villanueva was born in Utuado, Puerto Rico. Judge Villanueva has served in the General Division of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas since 1988. His election marked the first time a member of the Hispanic Community achieved elective office in Cuyahoga County. He also became the first Hispanic elected county-wide in the state of Ohio.

Judge Villanueva is a founder of the Ohio Hispanic Bar Association, the Hispanic Community Forum and the Hispanic Roundtable. In 2014 Judge Villanueva was honored by the Ohio Hispanic Bar Association, receiving the organization's first Leadership and Community Service Award.

Honorable José A. Villanueva was inducted by José Feliciano

Honorable José A. Villanueva

Honorable José A. Villanueva


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Over 500 people attended the induction ceremony on April 29, 2015 at the Marriott at Key Center.

Learn more aboutr the Cleveland International Hall of Fame

2014

Unaccompanied Children Coalition

When news of the unaccompanied children crossing the US-Mexico border was released, concerned citizens in Cleveland started meeting regularly to see how they could help. They formed the Children's Coalition and their regular meetings led to a community information night. Over 100 people attended the information session at Saigon Plaza at West 54th and Detroit to learn and speak about the Unaccompanied Children and Mothers.

A young mother named Beatrice told her story of how she and her family fled from Mexico because of the threats to her and her family from gangs and criminals. Her husband was even kidnapped. She is now in the US, wearing an ankle bracelet, and checks in with immigration frequently but is not in fear as she was in Mexico.

young mother Beatrice and daughter

Beatrice and daughter

More from the Unaccompanied Children Coalition event


MetroHealth Medical Professionals and the Hispanic Community of Cleveland

A panel of MetroHealth Medical Professionals discussed the health concerns of the Hispanic Community of Greater Cleveland at a special event on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at MetroHealth Medical Center - Rammelkamp Research Center. The forum was sponsored by MetroHealth Medical Center, Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexican Ministry of Health and LULAC-Cleveland.

For example, Juan del Rincon Jarero, MD of the Department of Endocrinology at MetroHealth Systems, gave some thoughts about cultural differences to improve understanding of the Hispanic/Latino patient.

Juan del Rincon Jarero, MD

Juan del Rincon Jarero, MD

More from the MetroHealth Hispanic Community event


La Cucaracha by Santa Cecilia Mariachi Band

The Santa Cecilia Mariachi Band performed at the annual International Cleveland Community Day at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The band strolled the Atrium before their performance and played the traditional Spanish folk corrido "La Cucaracha" which is Spanish for "The Cockroach". This song became popular in Mexico during the Mexican Revolution.




Cinco de Mayo at Cleveland City Hall

MetroHealth CEO Akram Boutros, MD was the keynote speaker at the City of Cleveland's Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall.

He told of the three important themes of Cinco de Mayo and how they relate to Cleveland and to MetroHealth hospital. He said "We are the solution and have collective power."

Special redocgnition awards were given to Pablo Castro III and Lucita Galindo.

Performances were by The Mariachi National Band and the Hola Folkloric Mexican Dance Group from Painesville

Mother and son at Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo


See photos, videos and more from Cinco de Mayo in Cleveland


2013

Esperanza student art project in Cleveland

Martinez is a comic book artist but also a volunteer for Esperanza in Cleveland, Ohio. He worked with students from Esperanza on an art project that was influenced by the teens interviewing a senior citizen to learn about their lives. Though most of the kids said they couldn't draw, they learned that art is not about drawing.




Convención Hispana Preview Event at Sterle's Country House

When you have an event as important as the Convención Hispana coming up, you need a big kickoff preview. So the Hispanic Roundtable did just that. They invited leaders from the ethnic communities in Cleveland to a preview event at Sterle's.

Convención Hispana will be held on October 19th at St Ignatius High School in Cleveland. The event will feature a keynote speech by the rising star Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio, TX.

José Feliciano, Chairman of the Hispanic Roundtable, said that the event is held every 3 years and besides the Julian Castro keynote will feature a debate on immigration reform, a job fair, college fair, health screenings and more.

José Feliciano

José Feliciano


See more from the Convención Hispana Preview Event


Esperanza Fiesta of Hope scholarship winner Jacob Rivera

Jacob Rivera was announced as the recipient of the Esperanza and Cleveland State University Scholarship at the annual Esperanza Fiesta of Hope 2013 event.

83 scholarships were awarded to deserving Hispanic students at the event. Felicia Soto, Board president of Esperanza in Cleveland, introduced Jacob who spoke about his family.




Honduras Display at Culture Shock 2013


Tri-C West April 18, 2013

Honduran students represented their culture at the 2013 Culture Shock event which was put on by Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) West and the Parma City School District.

Honduran students

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Miss Puerto Rican Image 2012 Aidelis Rivera

Dance performance at Culture Shock 2013
Tri-C West April 18, 2013

Miss Puerto Rican Image 2012 Aidelis Rivera performed at the 2013 Culture Shock event which was put on by Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) West and the Parma City School District.

Miss Puerto Rican Image 2012 Aidelis Rivera dancing

Aidelis Rivera

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2012

The Soulseras dancers performed at the 3rd annual Holiday Celebration of Cleveland's Diversity held in the City Hall Rotunda on December 12, 2012.

Soulseras dancers at Cleveland City Hall

Soulseras dancers at Cleveland City Hall


Soulseras dancers at WIN-NEO event at City Hall


Peruvian Ambassador to the US Harold Forsyth
Wari: Lords of the Ancient Andes
Cleveland Museum of Art
November 27, 2012

Heather Hodges, David Franklin, Ambassador Forsyth and Sue Bergh

Heather Hodges, David Franklin,
Ambassador Forsyth and Sue Bergh



Salsa Dance by Explosion Divina
from the Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center
Opening of Ames Family Atrium in Cleveland Museum of Art
October 28, 2012




Procession of the Lord of the Miracles (Seńor de los Milagros de Nazarenas)
Iglesia La Sagrada Familia Catholic Church
October 7, 2012

Senor de los Milagros - Lord of the Miracles icon procession


2012 Puerto Rican Parade in Cleveland August 5, 2012
4 pages of photos and a video of parade highlights

 Cleveland Puerto Rican Parade 2012 Madrina Lucy Torres

Cleveland Puerto Rican Parade 2012
Madrina Lucy Torres


Cleveland Puerto Rican Parade 2012

2012 Cleveland Puerto Rican Parade



Young Latino Network "Noche De Guayabera" Fundraiser & Fiesta
Ariel International Center - July 28, 2012

Margarita Rivera and Jairo Cabrera

Margarita Rivera and Jairo Cabrera



Jose Feliciano inducted in Cleveland International Hall of Fame


José C. Feliciano was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame on Wednesday May 9, 2012. José was introduced by Alex Machaskee.

See photos and videos of his induction speech and more.


2011

Hispanic Heritage Month 2011
Kickoff event at Cleveland City Hall

Lucy Torres, Hispanic Liason to the  Mayor with Nano Cabrera, International singer from Puerto Rico and Eduardo Romero, Master of Ceremony

Lucy Torres, Hispanic Liason to the Mayor with
Nano Cabrera, International singer from Puerto Rico
and Eduardo Romero, Master of Ceremony



Young athletes from Colombia compete in the 2011 Continental Cup
June 30, 2011

Young athletes from Colombia

Young athletes from Colombia

Young athletes from Colombia



Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center Dancers
at the International Folk Festival

Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center Dancers

Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center Dancers



Andres Gonzalez with Hall of Fame inductee Luis Martinez

Andres Gonzalez with Hall of Fame inductee Luis Martinez


See photos and video of Luis, Andres and others from the Hall of Fame


Peruvian Cultural Dance
WIN Cleveland International Art Show & Bazaar

Peruvian dancers

Norka Yakobics, Linda Vega Jadira Yacila and Marcia Salas Ayerve


Cinco de Mayo celebration at Cleveland City Hall
Keynote address by Mexican Consul Vincente Sanchez-Ventura
May 5, 2011

Mexican Consul Vincente Sanchez-Ventura

Mexican Consul Vincente Sanchez-Ventura


2010

Puerto Rican music and dancing from Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center
21st annual International Folk Festival

Puerto Rican music and dancing from Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center at 21st annual International Folk Festival


Esperanza's 20th Fiesta of Hope
Windows on the River - June 25, 2010

Dr. Andres Gonzalez giving Esperanza keynote

Andres Gonzalez giving keynote address



Young Hispanic athletes at the 2010 International Continental Cup
July 1-4, 2010 at John Carroll University

Young Puerto Rican athletes march into the JCU Don Shula stadium


2009 and before

2009 Latino Fest at Cleveland Muny Lot
July 17-19, 2009


Grand Marshall of Puerto Rican 2009 parade

Grand Marshall of 2009 Puerto Rican parade


41st Annual Puerto Rican Parade
July 19, 2009


El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folkorico at Oktoberfest

El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folkorico at Oktoberfest




Organizations and Resources for Hispanics in Cleveland



Esperanza, Inc.
To enhance educational and economic opportunities for Hispanic Americans

Spanish-language Social Security Resources

Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center
The Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center is dedicated to preserving and sharing the Puerto Rican and Caribbean traditions through the teaching and practice of the visual, performing, & literary arts.



Map of the world showing where Spanish is spoken

The dark blue represents countries where Spanish has official status. The light blue is where Spanish is spoken without official recognition.


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Business, Education and Employment Information


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Puerto Rican population in the US





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Cleveland Hispanic Feedback and Memories

Mexican hat Dance by El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folkorico

El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folkorico




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Hispanic History and Culture


Cinco de Mayo



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Puerto Rico

Populated for centuries by aboriginal peoples, the island was claimed by the Spanish Crown in 1493 following Columbus' second voyage to the Americas.

In 1898, after 400 years of colonial rule that saw the indigenous population nearly exterminated and African slave labor introduced, Puerto Rico was ceded to the US as a result of the Spanish-American War.

Puerto Ricans were granted US citizenship in 1917. Popularly-elected governors have served since 1948. In 1952, a constitution was enacted providing for internal self government.

In plebiscites held in 1967, 1993, and 1998, voters chose not to alter the existing political status.

(facts courtesy of CIA World Fact Book)


Map of Puerto Rico


Mexico

The site of advanced Amerindian civilizations, Mexico came under Spanish rule for three centuries before achieving independence early in the 19th century.

A devaluation of the peso in late 1994 threw Mexico into economic turmoil, triggering the worst recession in over half a century. The nation had been making an impressive recovery until the global financial crisis hit in late 2008.

Ongoing economic and social concerns include low real wages, underemployment for a large segment of the population, inequitable income distribution, and few advancement opportunities for the largely Amerindian population in the impoverished southern states.

The elections held in 2000 marked the first time since the 1910 Mexican Revolution that an opposition candidate - Vicente Fox of the National Action Party (PAN) - defeated the party in government, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). He was succeeded in 2006 by another PAN candidate Felipe Calderon.

(facts courtesy of CIA World Fact Book)


Map of Mexico



Tell us about the music, food, holidays, traditions, costumes, language and other qualities that make Hispanics so special.

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Profiles of Hispanics in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio

Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, the founder of the Mexican independence movement

Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla
founder of the Mexican independence movement



Emmanuel Carreira SJ, PhD
Renaissance Man of Philosophy and Light

Maria Pujana
Realistic Optimist who combines her passions for Art and Science


If you know of a Cleveland Hispanic person who should be profiled,
please let us know.
ClevelandPeople.Com - Hispanic Ambassadors

José C. Feliciano
José C. Feliciano

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