Casilda Luna, shown here with her grandson, is a community builder and activist in Washington, D.C.’s Adams Morgan neighborhood. Luna immigrated to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic in 1962. She soon began organizing weekly community gatherings which grew into discussions about social issues her community faced. Luna rallied her neighbors and the local Latino community around topics such as fair housing and care for senior citizens. In December of 2021, at 97-years-old, she won the Oscar de la Renta Dominican Emigrant Award.
Connecting to the Present
Claudia de la Cruz is a community activist, educator, theologian, and the co-executive director of The People’s Forum in New York City.