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February 27, 2014

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Award-winning Latina journalist to speak at Lawrence High School

Coming of age and what it means to be a Latino in American today will be explored next Thursday, March 6, when Raquel Cepeda, author of “Bird of Paradise: How I Became a Latina” visits Lawrence High School. Cepeda will give a talk entitled “Debunking and Redefining the ‘American Dream’” in the context of her book.

Cepeda is an award-winning journalist, cultural activist and documentary filmmaker. She was born in Harlem to Dominican parents and spent a year in New York City and Santo Domingo exploring her ancestry and identity. Cepeda has written about identity, race, Latino issues, hip-hop culture and travel for The New York Times, The Village Voice, CNN.com, and the Associated Press.

The event is a White Fund Lecture being held in partnership with Northern Essex Community College. It will take place from 8:45 to 10 a.m. at Lawrence High School, 70-72 North Parish Road, Lawrence. The presentation is free and open to the public.

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