Evelina 100: A Celebration of the Life and Times of Dr. Evelina Antonetty, 1922-1984
September 12-19

Hostos Community College of The City University of New York, The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College/CUNY, The Bronx Music Heritage Center, The Bronx County Historical Society, The Caribbean Cultural Center and African Diaspora Institute, Pregones Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, BronxNet, and the Evelina 100 Centennial Celebration Committee invites you to attend.
 

MONDAY, September 12

Hostos Community College/CUNY, A-Building Atrium
 

11 a.m. | Opening Ceremonies

Mistress of Ceremonies: Malin Falú

Puerto Rican National Anthem, Prof. Thelma Ithier-Sterling, vocals; Matthew González, percussion: Norka Nadal, guiro

Welcoming Remarks: Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., President, Hostos Community College

Greetings: Ms. Anita Antonetty, Daughter and Elba Cabrera, Sister
Bronx Borough President Proclamation

Translation Services by: Parent Action Committee New Settlement

12 p.m. | Citywide Evelina 100 Voter Registration Campaign

At least 11 CUNY schools, and additional social justice and cooperative housing organizations will host a table with coalition members including, APREE (Alliance for Puerto Rican Education and Empowerment), Black Men Build Initiatives Manager, NYC Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety/CSI Liberty Partnerships Program, Unite Here Local 100 and NYPIRG (New York Public Interest Research Group). 
 
The campaign will provide the public with the opportunity to register to vote, information on the specific poll sites where they will vote in November, along with a bio of Evelina Antonetty, one of the most impactful activists of the Puerto Rican diaspora of the 20th century. Antonetty was a champion for women, minorities and voting rights– all still at the forefront of city and U.S. political and social justice struggle today.

Coordinator: Professor Lizette Colón

Hostos Community College 
Brooklyn College/APREE (Alliance for Puerto Rican Education and Empowerment), PSC, /NYPIRG
Borough of Manhattan Community College/NYPIRG
College of Staten Island/Black Men Build Initiatives Manager, NYC Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety/CSI Liberty Partnerships Program
Hunter College
Centro Library
LaGuardia Community College
Bronx Community College/NYPIRG
Queens College/ NYPIRG
City College/ NYPIRG
Queensborough Community College/NYPIRG
New York City Tech/(NYPIRG)
Casita María
The Point 
Nos Quedamos
Jackson Heights & 
Co-Op City/Unite Here Local 100
Taino Towers
City College/NYPIRG
Penn South /L.E.A.P.S.-Chelsea Rising
and more…

7 p.m. | Votes for Women Concert

Bronx Music Heritage Center- BMH Plaza, 438 E. 163rd St.

Evelina Antonetty used to have cuatrista Yomo Toro play music to attract people to their voter registration table. In that spirit, Nos Quedamos will have a voter registration table at the BMH Plaza during the concert of women vocalists and musicians performing songs they composed in honor of the centennial of women getting the right to vote for the BMHC's exhibit, A Portrait of Persistence (sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution's Traveling Exhibit Service). Featured musicians include; Oxil Febles, Rae Da Vine, Sofia Tosello, Monica Meaux Hope, Antoinette Montague, Marilyn Castillo, Mikaela Curet, Bharati Kemraj, Francesca Lamantia and more.

TUESDAY, September 13

Hostos Community College/CUNY, C-Building, Room C-391
 
Mistress of Ceremonies- Dr. Laura Kaplan

2 p.m. | A Gift of Community Empowerment: The Legacy of Evelina Yesterday,
Today and Tomorrow- Panel Presentation

Translation offered by Parent Action Committee/New Settlement 

Also available virtually: https://hostos-cuny-edu.zoom.us/j/85805107445
 
How did Evelina influence her community, and the activism taking place today? 
 
Moderator: Vivian Vázquez-Irizarry
 
Panelists:  Activists of Yesterday: Hector Soto, Hostos Community College Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Law; Anita Rodríquez, United Bronx Parents Alum; United Bronx Parents and early allies in community organizing; Kathy Goldman and Suki Ports; Rebecca Lurie, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies faculty
 
Panelists:  Activists of Today: Esperanza Vázquez & Aide Zainos, Parent Action Committee of New Settlement; Michael Partis, Bronx Co-Op Development Initiative; Marco Saavedra, La Morada Mutual Aid Kitchen
 
Panelists:  Activists of Tomorrow: Crystal Reyes, Sisters and Brothers United, Northwest Bronx Clergy Coalition; Mundo Martinez, Concrete Park; Jonathan Soto, Human Rights Advocate
 
Closing Remarks: Anita Antonetty

5 p.m. | P.S. 25 The Bilingual School, Reunion

Hostos Faculty Lounge

6 p.m. | An Embrace between Puerto Rico and New York

La G8 and El Caño de Martín Peña allá, La Casita de Chema y Justicia para Puerto Rico acá   
 
Also available virtually: ttps://hostos-cuny-edu.zoom.us/j/87054954685
           
Panelists:
New York: Desseree Soto, Norca Nadal & Julio Pabón
Puerto Rico: Lucy M. Cruz Rivera & María del Mar Santiago

Evelina’s Music Playlist by: Jessica De Pasquale

WEDNESDAY, September 14 

Hostos Community College/CUNY, C-Building, Student Cafeteria

11 a.m. | Evelina Antonetty ¿Quién Fue? and The Tres Hermanas 
Hostos Children’s Center 

An introduction to the beloved Dr. Evelina Antonetty to the children and parents of Hostos Children’s Center

Presenters: Elba Cabrera, and Anita Antonetty

6 p.m. | Opening Reception, Images of Evelina Art Exhibition 

Join us in person or via  Zoom for the entire program
https://hostos-cuny-edu.zoom.us/j/82575270155
 
An exhibition of 10 portraits depicting Evelina by Marcos Dimas, María Domínguez, Siuko García, Rudy Gutiérrez, Samuel Lind, Maestro Antonio Martorell, Sara Morales, Esther Pagán, Nitza Tufiño, and Manuel Vega. The paintings run the gamut of straightforward portraiture to representations with ethereal, highly symbolic imagery that reference Antonetty’s Puerto Rican ancestry, her experience as an immigrant, her role as a pioneer of the early Puerto Rican community in New York City and her distinguished career as an activist and champion of urban America.

 
Mistress of Ceremonies-Malin Falú

Greetings: Elba Cabrera, Evelina’s sister

Evelina in Verse I: A Poetry reading   
Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., President, Hostos Community College
 
Keynote Address
Wallace I. Edgecombe, Director Emeritus, Hostos Center for Arts and Culture

6 p.m. | Evelina 100 Music Premiere  
 

Evelina, Brave Forever
Humberto Ramírez, Composer

In celebration of Evelina 100, Maestro Ramirez has composed a commissioned work specifically for this occasion; its world premiere will be at the opening reception. The composition links the experience of Evelina and the Puerto Rican Diaspora of the South Bronx.
 
Recognized as one of the most innovative musicians of his generation, Humberto Ramírez grew up in a home where the music of Miles Davis and Tito Puente, was always heard. After graduating from the San Juan Free School of Music, his interest in composing and arranging music motivated him to enroll at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts where he earned his bachelor's degree in music, then studied composition and orchestration for film and television at Dick Grove School of Music in Los Angeles, California. 

Musicians
Humberto Ramírez, trumpet 
Edsel Gómez, piano
Alexander Ayala, bass
Carlos Maldonado, percussion
Ivan Rentas, saxophone
Tony Cintrón, drums

7 p.m. | Evelina’s Heart, a reading

Sandra Nía Rodríguez, playwright
 
A Puerto Rican actor, director, writer and activist reads excerpts from her play Evelina's Heart, inspired by Evelina’s life.
 
Prof. Angel Morales, Director Hostos Repertory Theater
 
Evelina's Heart takes place during the seconds before Evelina transitions. Due to her good  deeds in life, she has been placed in Limbo where she would have the opportunity to review her life and make the choice of going back to earth to continue her work or move on. The version scripted for Evelina 100 will consist of short scenes from the play, in which Evelina, once again, has to reflect on her past life, her afterlife, and her role in working from heaven for peace and justice. Evelina is reunited, once again, with God to remember and maybe more...
          
Professor Ángel Morales, Director of the Hostos Repertory Theater, is directing the staged reading, along with a great team of professionals to make this special evening a wonderful celebration of Evelina's life.

 
7:30 p.m. | 52 People for Progress E100 Concert at 52 People’s Park

Kelly St between Avenue St John and Leggett Ave, Bronx, NY 

THURSDAY, September 15

Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Silberman School of Social Work
2180 Third Ave. Rm 115AB, New York, NY 10035

3 p.m. | El Café de las 3: Evelina Antonetty’s Activism in Bilingual Education, Food Security and Youth- Panel Presentation
 

Learn about the powerful work done by Evelina during a panel presentation introduced by CENTRO Director, Dr. Yarimar Bonilla, and hosted by the Mistress of Ceremonies Malin Falu. Panelists include Dr. Laura Kaplan, Dr. Nydia R. Edgecombe, Dr. Ana Celia Zentella, Hildamar Ortíz, Esq., Democracy Now! Journalist Juan González, and Dr. Víctor Vázquez-Hernández as a moderator, with a special reading of an essay by Dr. Lana Dee Povitz. Following the panel will be the Images of Evelina exhibition featuring art works from Maestro Antonio Martorell, Nitza Tufiño, and María Domínguez, among others and a poetry reading by María Aponte. Also on display is The Hell Lady of the Bronx exhibition in the Library and Archives reading room consisting of archival documents and other primary resources from the CENTRO archives. This exhibition will provide further context for Evelina’s work and how she improved the lives of the youth in the South Bronx through food activism and advocating for improved education.
 
RSVP required via the event page at centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/event/the-hell-lady-of-the-bronx/ or evelina100.org

4:30 p.m. | Reception & Images of Evelina Art Exhibition

Welcoming Remarks:
Dr. Yarimar Bonilla, Director
Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College/CUNY                                                                                             

Greetings:
Elba Cabrera, Sister
Anita Antonetty, Daughter

6 p.m. |  Evelina 100 Centro Library E100 Document Exhibition 
 

Evelina in Verse II, Poetry reading
María Aponte      

FRIDAY, September 16

Pregones Puerto Rican Traveling Theater
571 Walton Ave, Bronx, 10451
 
Welcoming Remarks:
Rosalba Rolón
Dr. Steven Payne

6 p.m. | Screening of TITI: A Collective Oral History of Dr. Evelina Antonetty, with panel discussion
 

Over the last year, the Bronx Latino History Project, an oral history project of the Bronx County Historical Society, has been recording oral histories with family members and friends of Dr. Evelina Antonetty. The project's oral historian, Dr. Steven Payne, librarian and archivist at The Bronx County Historical Society, has edited together select clips from these oral histories into a short 20-minutes collective oral history of Dr. Antonetty, her towering legacy, and the incredible impact she left on her family and beloved Bronx community.    

Panelists:                                                                   
Elba Cabrera
Anita Antonetty
Donald Antonetty
Esperanza Martell
Dr. Steven Payne
 
Moderator:
Dr. Melissa Castillo-Planas, Associate Professor, Lehman College, Co-Director of The Bronx Latino History Project
 
Evelina in Verse III: A poetry reading
Caridad de la Luz, aka, La Bruja
 
Closing Remarks:
Dr. Nydia R. Edgecombe            
 

SATURDAY, September 17

Fort Apache, The Bronx Revisited Bronx Music Heritage Center
1303 Louis Nine Blvd, Bronx, NY 10459

The BMHC will present a day-long program focusing on Fort Apache-the movie since we are located near the site of the original precinct--and Fort Apache in the west and the emergence of the empire through the U.S. dealings with Native Americans and the island of Puerto Rico. This program will honor Evelina's work in the Fort Apache protests and as an Independentista. 
 

12 p.m. | George Stonefish land acknowledgement/welcome

Welcoming remarks: Elena Martínez and Bobby Sanabria

12:30 p.m. | Indigenous Perspectives on Fort Apache and the Politics of Sovereignty, A Panel Discussion
 

Panelists:
Nadema Agard
David Bunn-Martine
Dr.Charles Venator-Santiago

2:15 p.m. | Fort Apache, The Bronx: RESISTANCE, A Panel Discussion

Panelists:
Joe Conzo Jr.
Lourdes Torres

3 p.m. | Evelina Antonetty’s Activism: The Coalition Against Fort Apache, The Bronx Presentation

Welcoming Remarks:

Elena Martínez, Co-Artistic Director
Bobby Sanabria, Co-Artistic Director

Panelists:
Lourdes (Lala) Torres
Joe Conzo, Jr.

Moderator:  
Elena Martínez

5 p.m. | Fort Apache Band Revisited, BMHC Plaza, 438 E. 163rd St.

Featuring Bobby Sanabria & Abure' performing the music of the Fort Apache Band to recognize the role of arts & culture in resistance. 
 

SUNDAY, September 18

Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute
120 E 125th St, New York, NY 10035

2 p.m. | Images of Evelina: A Conversation with the Artists and Elba Cabrera, La Madrina de las Artes*

Panelists:
Siuko Garcia
Sara Morales
Esther (Star Angel) Pagán
Marcos Dimas

Moderator: Melba Olmeda

*LIMITED SEATING. BY INVITATION ONLY
 
Images of Evelina Digital Exhibition by The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute
Melody Capote, Executive Director
Sabine Blazin, Director of Programs
Michael Cordero, Director of Digital Media
 
A digital exhibition of 10 portraits depicting Evelina by Marcos Dimas, María Domínguez, Siuko García, Rudy Gutiérrez, Samuel Lind, Antonio Martorell, Sara Morales, Esther Pagán, Nitza Tufiño, and Manuel Vega. The paintings run the gamut of straightforward portraiture to representations with ethereal, highly symbolic imagery that reference Antonetty’s Puerto Rican ancestry, her experience as an immigrant, her role as a pioneer of the early Puerto Rican community in New York City and her distinguished career as an activist and champion of urban America.
 
Evelina in Verse IV: A Poetry reading
Karina G. López      

MONDAY, September 19

Evelina Antonetty Playground
Hostos Community College/CUNY, A-Building Atrium

11 a.m. | Tree Planting Ceremony at the Evelina Antonetty Playground

Anita Antonetty
Donald Antonetty
 
Libation:
Baba Mondesire
 

12 p.m. | ¡Feliz Cumpleaños Evelina! Cake Presentation by artist Pepón Osorio & Ricardo de Obaldia, Chef, Chocolate Cortés/ChocoBar 
 

Pepón Osorio is known for his provocative, large-scale, multimedia installations. His visual language challenges traditional art canons with monumental assemblages that travel far beyond accepted notions of beauty and aesthetics. He recreates fantasy-like everyday environments—from barbershops to home interiors and taxis—that advance critical discussions. 
 
Pepón is the recipient of various distinctions including a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture, The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts and a Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Fellowship. He has exhibited three times at the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture where he collaborated with his wife, Merián Soto, in the production of a fully staged dance and music production titled Familias (1994) which focused on the experiences of eight immigrant families living in the South Bronx. Pepón was a member of the staff of United Bronx Parents when he moved to the Bronx in early eighties.
 
Pepón Osorio, Artist
Ricardo de Obaldía, Chef
Carlos Cortés, Sponsor

Evelina in Verse V: A poetry reading
Bonafide Rojas
 
Proclamation, Town of Salinas, Puerto Rico 
Donald Antonetty
 
Closing Remarks
Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., President, Hostos Community College 
Elba Cabrera
 

6 p.m. | Bembe de Cumpleaños Para Evelina sponsored by Comité Noviembre

Taller Boricua 1680 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10029
 
Comité Noviembre will announce the establishment of the Dr. Evelina Antonetty Scholarship for Community Activism and will introduce a major educational program “Teaching Evelina '' that will incorporate the “Images of Evelina” exhibit to develop lesson plans and classroom activities to introduce future generations to the work and legacy of Dr. Evelina Antonetty.
 
Welcoming Remarks:
Teresa Santiago, Director, Comite Noviembre 
Marcos Dimas, Director, Taller Boricua 
 
For further information on these events, visit the following websites: 
www.evelina100.comwww.hostos.cuny.edu or https://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu
 

Important: 

For the health and safety of our guests, some venues will require proof of covid-19 vaccination or negative test results from an accredited laboratory