Winston-Salem Journal - Scene & Heard
Written by: Cindy Hodnett -- Sunday, April 17, 2011
More than 400 people attended the Hispanic League's 12th annual Spanish Nite Gala at Embassy Suites on April 9, honoring 27 scholarship recipients. During the gala, Oscar Hijuelos, the first Hispanic author to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, spoke to the audience about his own ten commandments for "how to be a good Latino."
"First, be proud of your roots and, to the young people, be curious about your roots," Hijuelos said. "Having a sense of your own history will enhance your sense of self-worth."
Amy Barnhart, executive director for the Hispanic League, welcomed guests Mayor Allen Joines and Denise Adams and also recognized several individuals, including Dulce Rivas, a Paisley high school student who chose to celebrate her 15th birthday by hosting a table for her friends.
"I wanted to celebrate my birthday here because this is an environment where education is honored and valued," Rivas said.