Bethlehem, Pennsylvania – Today, the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), Norman Bristol Colón, joined the Lehigh Valley Hispanic Center for the unveiling of a mural commemorating Pennsylvanian Roberto Clemente, a prominent figure in the Puerto Rican community and legendary baseball player.
“Roberto Clemente, who was and still is a Pennsylvanian via Puerto Rico, inspired generations of Americans. This mural elicits a great sense of community pride, ownership and empowerment while embracing and celebrating the rich Latino history of Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley,” said Director Bristol Colón. “The Wolf administration remains committed to improving opportunities for underrepresented communities to step out of the shadows to enjoy our shared prosperity and building a sustainable future.”
The mural was designed by Salina Almanzar-Oree and is located at 520 East 4th Street in Bethlehem, Lehigh County. This new piece of public art honors Roberto Clemente, who was a professional baseball right fielder who played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Clemente believed in giving back and was heavily involved in charity work in Latin American and Caribbean countries. He was posthumously inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973 after he died in a plane crash while en route to provide relief for earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
The Wolf administration has created many initiatives to help foster diversity throughout the Commonwealth. Two of these initiatives include the 2020 Census Full Count Commission and the Governor’s Advisory Commission for Latin American Affairs.
Director Bristol Colón has been appointed by Governor Wolf as Executive Director of the 2020 Census Full Count Commission. The governor established this commission in 2018 to make recommendations on the most accurate count of Pennsylvanians in the 2020 census, which included accounting for historically undercounted and underrepresented communities. In the 2020 censusPennsylvania’s diversity index rose from 35.3% in 2010 to 44%.
Director Bristol Colón was also accompanied by a representative of the Governor’s Advisory Commission for Latin American Affairs. Created in 2015, this commission is dedicated to advising Governor Wolf on policies and legislation that impact Latino communities.
Penny Ickes, DCED, [email protected]
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