Grito de Lares Celebration – “They took that from us!

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Curriculum of Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School infuses real-world experience, living history, and meaningful reflection

by Francisca Guerrero, Senior, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School

In September, all students at Albizu Campos H.S. studied Mexico’s”Grito de Dolores” (September 16) and Puerto Rico’s “Grito de Lares” (September 23rd). Students and staff together attended a community event to meet history-makers in person. Students became the historians, as evidenced in the following report filed by a student on the Press Team.

I attended the Grito de Lares Celebration that was dedicated to Oscar Lopez Rivera at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture on September 23, 2014. The celebration was honoring Puerto Rico’s first revolution for independence in 1868, the 15thanniversary of the release of the 1999 Boricua political prisoners and the campaign to free Oscar López Rivera, currently the longest held Puerto Rican political prisoner in history.

Oscar López Rivera has spent the last 33 years of his life in U.S. prisons. He was separated from his people and was punished for his commitment to the independence of Puerto Rico. Three political prisoners spoke about how they couldn’t have their freedom without Oscar being free. What I learned at El Grito de Lares was to never give up on my dreams and always fight for my beliefs.