Five hundred years ago, explorer Ponce de León came ashore in America and staked Spain’s claim to the New World. It’s a remarkable milestone, but you’d never know it from the dearth of attention it’s getting, according to nationally syndicated columnist Miguel Perez.
“Remember the Bicentennial? We had fireworks all over the country for that. But why not for this? This is our 500th birthday,” said Perez, speaking Friday at a Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in Paterson. “It’s not just the average American that doesn’t know this. It’s the average Latino.”
Perez, a former Record columnist and reporter and now chairman of the department of journalism, communication and theater at Lehman College at the City University of New York, is trying to change that with the creation of HiddenHispanicHeritage.com.