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Lideres Latinos Oral History Project: Interview with Rafael E. Ortega
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Rafael Ortega grew up in New York City. He received his bachelor's degree from Fordham University and his master's degree in social work from the University of Minnesota. Ortega is the first minority to be elected to the Ramsey County Board (5th district) and the first Latino to a county board in Minnesota in 1994. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Family and early life; Puerto Rican parents; growing up on the Lower East Side; growing up in the era of social unrest and protest; being one of a few Latinos in college; student activities and organizations and racial issues in college; coming to Minnesota to do his master's; CLUES [Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio]; challenges facing the Twin Cities Latino community in the 1980s-early 90s; getting Latinos appointed to state wide posts; Ramsey county commissioner; his children; campaigning; Highland Park neighborhood.
Quantity 1 digital file
71 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 02:33:02 running time
Creation Interviewer: Duarte, Lorena
Narrator: Ortega, Rafael E.
Made in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Hispanic Americans
Made in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 02/28/2011
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
ID Number OH135
Accession Number AV2011.2.27
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Lideres Latinos Oral History Project'