As part of a wonderful highlight to Women’s History Month at Hostos Community College, the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture held an event on March 25 honoring the life and work of award-winning author, Nicholasa Mohr, and the 40th Anniversary of her book, El Bronx Remembered.
Charles Rice-González, a Distinguished Lecturer in the English Department at Hostos, was the key organizer for the event.
"It was so fitting that Hostos Community College honored the prolific and trailblazing Nicholasa Mohr and her book El Bronx Remembered,” Rice-González said. “The event was a perfect coming together of art, literature, scholarship and community. Mohr's book honors the Bronx and its rich history, a history from which Hostos grew."
A reception honoring the influential author was held in the gallery, which was followed by a multi-media presentation including readings of her work by other Bronx writers, including Dalhma Llanos Figueroa (Daughters of the Stone), Nuyorican Poet Mariposa, and Charles Rice-González (Chulito). The event also was highlighted by dancer Arthur Avilés, poet Rich Villar, playwright Carmen Rivera, and testimonials from long-time friend Elba Cabrera, artists Antonio Martorell (via video), and Nitza Tufiño.
Bronx resident Sandra María Esteves, a poet and graphic artist from the Bronx and one of the founders of the Nuyorican poetry movement, also read that evening.
The event was captured by Virtual Boricua in an article that can be found here

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. It serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique "Student Success Coaching Unit" provides students with individualized guidance and exemplifies its emphasis on student support services.
Recently named one of the top 10 finalists for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Hostos offers 27 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 24 colleges.