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Sept. 17: Sonia Manzano to speak

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Sonia Manzano, known for her role as Maria on 'Sesame Street,' to speak at UD

Actress Sonia Manzano is scheduled to speak at UD as part of Latino Heritage Month activities.

Actress and author Sonia Manzano, one of the most influential Latinas in television best known for her role as Maria on the Public Broadcasting System's beloved program Sesame Street, will speak at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17, in the Multipurpose Rooms of the Trabant University Center at the University of Delaware.

The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is part of the University's Latino Heritage Month Extravaganza 2015.

Manzano will speak on the topic "From the South Bronx to Sesame Street."

After nearly 45 years in the role of Maria, the award-winning actress is retiring.

Her story is one of perseverance and courage in overcoming countless obstacles.

In addition to acting, Manzano is an acclaimed television writer and author. Her newest book, Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx, is a memoir that chronicles her upbringing.

Her first young adult novel, The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, examines the Latino community during the civil rights movement through the eyes of a young girl living in Spanish Harlem.

The presentation is sponsored by the Center for Black Culture, Residence Life and Housing, the Department of English, the Department of Women and Gender Studies, the Latin American and Iberian Studies Program, Campus Alliance de la Raza and HOLA.

For details, call the Center for Black Culture at 302-831-2991.

For a flyer about the presentation, click here.

UDaily article published August 10, 2015.

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