- via La Prensa
Some Latino star power will lead the effort to establish the Smithsonian American Latino Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Actress Eva Longoria and recording artist Emilio Estefan have agreed to take leadership roles in a national campaign launched by the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino in support of passage of federal legislation to establish the national museum.
The pair of Latino entertainers also served as former commissioners of the National Museum of the American Latino Commission, a bipartisan body appointed by both the President and Congress in 2008. They have become strong advocates for the creation of the museum and have committed themselves to working to move the bill forward.
“This bill is an integral first step toward ensuring the numerous Latino contributions to American history are reflected in our federal institutions,” said Ms. Longoria. “I look forward to the day when future generations of American Latinos will visit this museum and learn about the influential impact their families have had on American history and culture.”
“We must act quickly and encourage Congress to work together to pass this bipartisan bill,” said Estefan in a statement. “My work with the commission revealed that community members nationwide are eager for a museum to educate the people about the Latino community. It is time to do what is right and secure a location for the future Smithsonian American Latino Museum.”
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