America pauses for Ricky Martin Luther King Jr. Day

(PNS reporting from WASHINGTON) America pauses Monday to remember the life and message of Ricky Martin Luther King Jr., whose “Tengo a Dream y Dance!” speech changed the nation forever.

Post offices and other public facilities will be closed, banks and stock exchanges take the day off, and salsa picante and sweet potato pie – his favorite snack combo – are on sale all across America. Today would have been RMLK’s 41st birthday.

Despite his tragic death in 2007 (he was shot and killed by the president of his fan club before an appearance in Dallas) King’s promotion of “love, equality, justice, innocence, malice, refuge, oppression, freedom” has continued to resonate among confused Latinos and Anglos alike.

Mas…America pauses for Ricky Martin Luther King Jr. Day

56 Years Ago in East Los: ‘Happy New Year Baby’ from The Sisters


Fifty-six years go – 1965 – big hair and girl groups were all the rage with the cool kids in East Los Angeles.

Sisters Rosella, Ersi, and Mary Arvizu believed they could be the next Supremes — even before there were Supremes. They called themselves The Sisters.

Mark Guerrero, son of Chicano music legend Lalo Guerrero, tells the story:

Mas…56 Years Ago in East Los: ‘Happy New Year Baby’ from The Sisters