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I am a blogger. I developed my writing skills in college, writing  for literary publications, winning a national college student poetry award for the poem “Poder,” continuing to  write throughout my undergraduate and graduate education, defending a doctoral thesis on Arturo A. Schomburg (1874-1938), while developing my understanding about the growth and development of the Puerto Rican community in New York City, as well as, African-American intellectual history.

I started writing for the Buffalo Puerto Rican Press back in 1978 as a columnist for  the Latin Journal (1973-1979).  Alberto O. Cappas published it from a storefront apartment in the Puerto Rican barrio on the lower West Side of town. I  have written for many alternative newspapers–the Latin Journal, the Hispano News, the Challenger, and submitted articles to the Buffalo News.  I was married to  Carl R. Allen (1955-1999) an award-winning  journalist from the Buffalo News when I worked at the newspaper in the early 1980s.

Today, the Carl R. Allen Memorial Scholarship has been established in his name through the auspices  of  the Buffalo Association of Black Journalist and the Buffalo News for an aspiring minority college student,  majoring in journalism.

I studied abroad at  El Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe en el Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña in San Juan, Puerto Rico under the tutelage of the imminent anthropologist, Dr. Ricardo Alegría.  I researched the Bomba dances of Puerto Rico, as well as, studied under the most distinguished scholars, poets and musicians (Francisco Matos Paoli, Clemente Soto Vélez, Isabelo Zenón Cruz, Paquito López Cruz, Maldonado Denis, etc. ).

As a young scholar,  it was mesmerizing to stand  inside the building that housed “El Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña” in Old San Juan because it was older than Harvard University almost a century before as a symbol of how centers of learning  emerged on the island  of Puerto Rico during this early period.

I am available to  lecture  about Puerto Ricans ( Arthur A. Schomburg). I have exhibited  and lectured in the WNY Region, including Syracuse, and Rochester, Niagara Falls, N.Y about  Arthur A. Schomburg. I developed and created a travelling exhibit about his life in the Puerto Rican community in New York City during the early years when it formed, showing Schomburg as an important person in the growth and development of the “colonia.”

Also, I’m  a certified public school administrator  and education blogger concerned about the state of public education today and  available to lecture on this topic as well.

Please sign the petition http://www.PetitionOnline.com/2010abcd/petition.html.

Currently, I  a contributing writer for a national newspaper on line called :

http://examiner.com , and for

hub pages, as welll as,  I created five blogs:

thelatinjournalblogfromthebarrio.com/,

theinsurgentteacher.blogspot.com/;

especiallyforwomeninbuffalonewyork.wordpress.com/;

emmettillsocialjustice.blogspot.com/and  one website. I particiapte in

https://twitter.com/Aguebana,

http://activities.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=stream&f=0&s=0,

http://digg.com/users/maria1,

LinkedIn,

http://www.stumbleupon.com/favorites/

YouTube

and other social media.

Maria Rosa, SDA

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Betty A. Rosa permalink
    December 27, 2010 3:43 am

    I have been reading and following your website and given our similar views , not to mention our last name, I’m thrill that another Puerto Rican is fighting for public education and our children. I serve on the Board of Regents and I’m fighting many of the same issues. I would love to connect.

    • saison1 permalink*
      December 28, 2010 1:10 am

      Thanks so much Dr. Rosa! It would be great to let our community here know you are on the NYS Board of Regents since March 2008. After nearly three years, I’m wondering how’s it like being up there? Any Success? Challenges? Disappointments? Also, curious to know the area in Puerto Rico your familed resided before moving ot the States?

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  3. Ron Castillo permalink
    August 30, 2012 1:55 pm

    My father Antonio Crespo Castillo was an early champion for your same cause in Buffalo,NY in the 1960’S. He came from Aquadilla P.R. in 1922 ( the roaring 20’s) to Brooklyn N.Y and then moved to Buffalo in 1946. He was a very flashy dresser and very educated man. He loved poetry, politics, and baseball. He was instrumental in starting the the first bi-lingual program in Buffalo. He was sometimes referred to by others as the “Puerto Rican Godfather” as he was always willing to help anyone in trouble. Tony as he was called him was the pulse of the Puerto Rican community in his day as there were no leaders for our people back then. He helped bridged the gap between the Italian, Irish, Polish and African- american communities in Buffalo. Did you know him?

    • saison1 permalink*
      August 30, 2012 2:25 pm

      Any photos of your dad? Wow, great history. Would like to publish more info with photo. What did your mother do?

  4. Betty A. Rosa permalink
    December 15, 2013 6:28 am

    Carolina y Patillas

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