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National Hispanic Leader to Speak in Lawrence

Submitted by on September 24, 2012 – 10:02 am

Community Activist Juan Rangel

Community- based organizer Juan Rangel will present a White Fund Lecture titled “Hispanics in America: The Next Successful Immigrant Group,” in partnership with Northern Essex Community College, on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 8:45 to 10 a.m. in the Lawrence High School Performing Arts Center, 70-72 North Parish Road, Lawrence. At noon he will present the same lecture in Room 103AB in the Technology Center on the NECC Haverhill campus, 100 Elliot St.

Both events are free and open to the public.

His presentation will look at why he believes Hispanics have the potential to be the next successful immigrant group in America. In a recent article in the “Wall Street Journal” Rangel states, “Hispanics must be challenged to take full advantage of American possibilities through civic participation and deep investment in family, neighborhoods, and education.”

Rangel, is the chief executive officer for the United Neighborhood Organization (UNO), metropolitan Chicago’s largest Hispanic community-based organization. For more than 25 years UNO has focused on three direct principles: improving education, promoting citizenship, and cultivating leaders, all to ensure the economic advancement for generations of Hispanics, and setting an example of what’s truly possible.

The White Fund’s purpose is to have a free series of interactive presentations for Lawrence area adults, youth, and children. The audience is encouraged to seek wisdom, cultural enrichment, and intellectual enhancement by attending and participating.

Funded by a generous financial gift from the Honorable Daniel Appleton White, the White Fund Lecture Series has provided cultural conversation featuring well-known lecturers in fields such as history, literature, travel, the arts, and politics. The White Fund is collaborating with Northern Essex on this series.

The views expressed in the White Fund Enlightenment Series Presentations are the views of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Northern Essex Community College.

The Haverhill lecture is sponsored by NECC’s Center for Professional Development in collaboration with the White Fund. For more information on this lecture contact Judith Kamber, dean of professional development at 978-556-3955 of

For additional information on the White Fund Enlightenment Series or to receive a calendar of upcoming events call 978-738-7403 or visit the website