On July 26 the human rights group the Young Lords got a street named after them in El Barrio, or East Harlem. The Puerto Rican group fought for economic rights and social justice in the 1960′s and 70′s for Puerto Ricans and other people of color. Attendees of the street naming share the importance of the group in New York history. They also remember the actions the Young Lords took to create change, which includes taking over a church in the neighborhood to run a free breakfast program. In this audio postcard at the unveiling Young Lords Way, New Yorkers reflect on what the organization means to them.
Photo courtesy of Roxanne Scott.
Roxanne L. Scott is a freelance reporter. She writes on topics including education, politics, travel and culture. Her work can be seen in publications such as City Limits, Chalkbeat and Voices of New York. Prior to grad school she was an elementary school teacher in Costa Rica, Mexico and China. She's also covered Ghana's presidential elections in 2012. She is a grad student at the CUNY School of Journalism.