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Latino icons are all around us. Latino USA takes a look at these icons and their lasting legacies. 

Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda talks to Maria Hinojosa about Hamilton, the Broadway smash which takes a new approach about the story of the Founding Fathers.

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Astronaut Ochoa captured the imaginations of many Latinos who dreamed of going to space.

Ellen Ochoa

In 2012 President Obama bestowed Dolores with The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the U.S, and was inducted into the California Hall of Fame in 2013.

Dolores Huerta

At a White House ceremony in June 2004, Ms. Moreno was awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.

Rita Moreno

Maria Hinojosa talks to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor about her memoir My Beloved World.

Sonia Sotomayor

His murder helped form a coalition of family, friends, gay rights activists and community members. The mobilization led to the arrest of the perpetrators and became the first case in the state of New York to be tried as a hate crime against a gay person.

Julio Rivera

Writer Sandra Cisneros was the first Chicana writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship in 1995. Author of The House on Mango Street.

Sandra Cisneros

“There was a crisis in human rights at the border,” and the refugees who arrived at the border “were being captured and put in detention centers,” said Reverend John Fife.

John Fife

Actress Diane Guerrero, best known for her roles in Orange Is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, talks about growing up after her family was deported.

Diane Guerrero

Latino USA talks to Lopez about the amazing story that led her to an opera career, and we hear excerpts of her performance as the tragic heroine Violetta in La Traviata.

Cecilia Lopez

With a career spanning 70 years, Candido decided to retire in 2016. At 95 years of age, the iconic conguero took the stage in one of his final shows.

Candido Camero

A three-time Divas champion, her successful career played her as an unpredictable, woman delighted in teasing her opponents with her signature move, “the Black Widow.”

AJ Mendez Brooks

The first Latina U.S. Senator gets sworn in. She went from a young Latina raised in Nevada by her Mexican family to making history in Congress as the first Latina senator.

Catherine Cotez Masto

The author of "When I was Puerto Rican" tells the story of how a stroke led to a fear she'd never be able to read or write again.

Esmeralda Santiago

José Díaz-Balart has been a journalist for more than three decades both for English-language networks and Spanish-language television.

José Díaz-Balart

At U.S. team final., the camera zoomed in and you see her say to herself, “I got this.” Along with the rest of the Final Five, she took home a team gold medal and silver on beam.

Laurie Hernandez

Sonia Manzano influenced the lives of many kids and parents, for decades, through her appearance in Sesame Street.

Sonia Manzano

What Mondo Guerra revealed became one of the rawest, most iconic moments in reality show history.

Mondo Guerra
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