New Plaza de los Afiliados to be unveiled and dedicated

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) – the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S. – officially launched its 40th anniversary with a special ceremony and grand opening of its new national headquarters, the Raul Yzaguirre Building. Attendees gathered on this special day to celebrate NCLR’s strong presence in the nation’s capital with the unveiling of a permanent landmark for the Hispanic community only a few blocks from the White House.

Coinciding with the building’s grand opening is the dedication of the new Plaza de los Afiliados (Affiliate Plaza). The Plaza will serve as a symbolic reminder to all visitors of the partnership between NCLR and its nearly 300 Affiliates (community-based organizations) and what we can achieve when we work together to build a stronger America. The design and construction teams – Kell Muñoz Architects, Inc., EwingCole, and Fomento Firme Associates, Inc. – sought to tell the pan-Hispanic story symbolically throughout the building’s interior and exterior design.

Raul Yzaguirre, one of the most widely recognized leaders in the Hispanic community, attended the event. He served as NCLR’s President and CEO for 30 years, and his involvement in many of the most critical legislative and public policy issues of the last three decades has made him a key national player on behalf of Hispanic Americans. As a result of his lifelong commitment to the Latino community, the Board of Directors unanimously agreed to name the new national headquarters building in his honor.

This event is the first of many activities throughout the year highlighting NCLR’s past achievements while embracing the future and NCLR’s role as the voice of Hispanic America. “This year NCLR celebrates a major milestone, and we thank all who participated and contributed to the success of what we as a community have accomplished,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía. “As we reflect on our history, it is also time to lead the way for future generations of Hispanic Americans to be heard.”

“Our institution’s 40th anniversary provides an opportunity to recommit ourselves to the mission set forth by our founders to open doors for Hispanic Americans and to highlight the community’s role in building a stronger America,” said Monica Lozano, NCLR Board of Directors Chair. “Our new home in the nation’s capital solidifies our presence as an American institution.”

SOURCE: NCLR

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