Honoring Casilda Luna’s Legacy

Washington, DC– One of Washington, DC’S most prominent Latino community activists, Casilda Luna, will be honored April 6, the day of her 93rd birthday, at a special celebration. The event to honor Mrs. Luna’s legacy will be held at 1 pm at GALA Hispanic Theater, located at 3333 14thSt. NW, Washington, DC.

“Casilda Luna contributed significantly towards the development of the Latino community in our nation’s capital. As someone who collaborated with her on a few fronts, I am extremely proud that she is finally being recognized by the city’s emerging Latino community leadership, the private sector and our local political leaders,” said Roland Roebuck, an Afro-Latino activist. “The legacy of Casilda Luna cannot and should not be overlooked.”

Luna will receive a proclamation from Mayor Muriel Bowser and a resolution from the DC Council that was introduced by Council Member Anita Bonds (At-Large).

 “The recognition of Casilda Luna is long overdue,” said Manuel Mendez, executive director of the Friends of Casilda Luna Committee. “The burgeoning Latino community of the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s was fortunate to have had a leader like Casilda Luna. We, the emerging leadership, will continue to build upon her legacy of excellence.”

A native of Sánchez, Samaná in the Dominican Republic, Casilda Luna moved to Washington, DC, in 1962.

For inquiries on this event or for more information on the Friends of Casilda Luna Committee, please contact José A. Centeno-Meléndez at (301) 787-3704.

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