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Hispanic Heritage Day Oct. 5 in Macomb

October 5, 2006

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MACOMB, IL - - Macomb Mayor Mick Wisslead has prepared an official proclamation naming today (Oct. 5) as Hispanic Heritage Day.

The proclamation, written in English and Spanish, mentions Olga Karman, a Cuban immigrant and professor of liberal arts at D’Youville College (Buffalo, NY), who “joins our community this day as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.”

Karman will read from her new book “Scatter My Ashes Over Havana” (Pure Play Press, 2006) tonight at 7 p.m. in Morgan Hall 101B on the Western Illinois University campus. The reading is open free to the public.

“Olga Karman’s beautifully written book explores questions too familiar to those who lost their home and identity once, and started a never-ending quest to find their new definition of home and who they are,” said Western Illinois Physics Chair Vivian Incera, who, along with her husband Efrain Ferrer, a physics professor, are Cubans with their own dramatic stories of exile, escape and redefining life in the U.S.

The mayor’s proclamation goes on to note that Western Illinois University’s Casa Latina Cultural Center has made consistent efforts to showcase Hispanic culture to the Macomb community, and Western joins with the city of Macomb in promoting diversity and tolerance of all our residents and visiting citizens.

“I encourage all citizens of this city of join me in recognizing the many contributions Hispanic culture has made to our society,” Wisslead said.

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