Puertorriqueños are very proud of their heritage and flag.

Starting this week, Comité Noviembre will coordinate many community and cultural events for the next 30 days to highlight the contributions of the Puerto Rican community to this city and country. El Museo del Barrio is holding the first of these events.
WHO: Comité Noviembre Members, Lo Mejor Awards Recipients: Anita Antonetty, community organizer, Javier E. Gomez, actor/reporter, community volunteer, Frances Lucerna, Executive Director, El Puente, Yesenia Aponte-Meléndez, El Punto de la Montaña, Brenda Jimenez Peralta, Associate Director of Agency Development/North East Region, Big Brother, Big Sister of America, Lance Rios, President& CEO, Being Latino, Inc., Jose Santiago, News Director WBAI, George Torres, Founder, Sofrito for Your Soul & Capicu Poetry & Cultural Showcase, Special recognition to Taller Boricua(Marcos Dimas, Fernando Salicrup, Nitza Tufiño and Irma Ayla), on its 40th anniversary of promoting and supporting community artists and cultural diversity.

CN Scholarship Recipients: Javier S. Henriquez, Sophomore, Bates College, Kailani Capote, Freshman, Delaware State University, Paloma J. Martinez, Freshman, LIM College, Christopher A. Perez, Freshman, Fordham University

Continuing Scholars: Nicholas Berrios, Senior, Farmingdale College, Louis Sanchez, III, Senior, NYU, Juan Carlos Tapia, Senior, Siena College

Richie Perez Scholarship for Peace and Justice Recipients: Eric Cevan Nieves, Miguel Rodriguez

What: Through the “Lo Mejor de Nuestra Comunidad” Award, CN recognizes outstanding individuals who are the unsung heroes of our community.  These awards honor Puerto Ricans whose pride in their heritage and strength of character have empowered themselves and inspired others to make a significant impact on our community.  You were chosen by members of CN by nominations that were submitted by the community.

In 1996, the CN Scholarship Awards Program (CNSAP) was established and has awarded 179,000 in scholarships, an average of 12 scholarships a year and with a college graduation rate of 90%.   An additional $7,000 has been awarded in the Richie Pérez Scholarship for Peace and Justice. To commemorate its 20th anniversary, CN enhanced the Scholarship Program to continue to award the top two scholars $1,000 scholarships each year until graduation.

In 2004, the Puerto Rican community lost an advocate and community leader.  Richie Pérez was a beloved activist in the fight for social justice and human rights. In his memory, Comité Noviembre established the Richie Pérez Scholarship for Peace and Justice.  The award recognizes Puerto Rican young people for their commitment, activism and achievements in any of the areas of human rights and social justice.

Where: El Museo del Barrio, @ 104th Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan

When: Wednesday, October 27, 2010; 6PM – 9PM

The charge of Comité Noviembre is to promote, acknowledge, create awareness and take ownership of our rich culture, language, and history. Comité Noviembre is the collective effort of ten key Puerto Rican organizations: the Institute for the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Elderly, ASPIRA of New York, El Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, El Museo del Barrio, El Puente, Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights-Justice Committee, the National Institute for Latino Policy, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, and the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration which plan and coordinate Puerto Rican Heritage Month… el mes de la herencia puertorriqueña.