Dr. Raquel Ortiz “Planting Flags on Division Street” author to read at National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture and Book Reception/Birthday Party

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“Planting Flags on Division Street” ON SALE!
Profits from every copy sold benefit the Campaign to Free Oscar
Raquel M. Ortiz will be visiting the Windy City from May 13th to 16th to share and celebrate with us the publication of two of her children’s picture books. Raquel was just honored by the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, the biggest parade in the United States, with an Educational Leadership Award. Dr. Ortiz’s scholarship and books invite us to learn about our culture and histories, to become a part of the work AND the celebration, and to imagine a better tomorrow. Sofi and the Magic Musical Mural is the story of a little girl in the South Bronx who who becomes a vejigante and goes on a magical journey as she learns about herself and Puerto Rico. Planting Flags on Division Street highlights the resilience and struggles of the Chicago community that built and celebrates the two largest Puerto Rican flags in the world to the beat of a rebellious bomba drum. Join us on Saturday, May 14, 1:30pm-3pm at La Casa de Don Oscar y Doña Blanca (2628 W. Division), to meet Raquel and purchase a signed copy of Planting Flags on Division Street.

Link to Raquel’s Live on Lakeside, NBC 3.

Planting Flags on Division Street is a 42-page bilingual picture book for children ages 4+. The title alludes to our hopes to share a simple story of a little girl missing her grandfather that spotlights aspects of our culture as it tells the story of political prisoner Oscar López Rivera. It is more important than ever to tell stories that highlight the culture, family and struggle that bring us together as Puerto Ricans. The struggle for Puerto Rican freedom is ongoing, we should never forget the struggle or the men and women who have given and continue to give everything for our freedom. BUY YOUR COPY NOW AND SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN.