Junot Díaz Honored by Hispanic Heritage Foundation
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation has recently announced that the Pulitzer Prize Award Winning Author, Junot Díaz, will be receiving the Literature Award at the 29th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards. The Awards recognize Latino leaders in various fields while celebrating their accomplishments. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was also announced as an Honoree, among others who will be announced in the coming weeks. The ceremony will take place on September 22, 2016, at the historic Warner Theatre in Washington, DC.
The Awards were established in 1987 by The White House to commemorate the creation of Hispanic Heritage Month in America. These Awards are considered among the highest honors for Latinos by Latinos. The program will include top Latino performers and personalities paying tribute to the Honorees.
Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey, Junot Díaz is a professor at MIT and has been a longtime advocate of immigrant rights both in the US and in the Dominican Republic. He has served on the Board of Freedom University which serves undocumented students and is currently the honorary chairman of the DREAM Project, a non-profit education involvement program in the Dominican Republic. He received the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, in 2008 and is a 2012 MacArthur Fellow.