Julia de Burgos is known as Puerto Rico’s most famous Latina poet. She was born on February 17, 1914, in Carolina, Puerto Rico, and died on July 6, 1953, in Harlem, New York.
She was a teacher, writer, and civil rights activist for women and African/Afro-Caribbean writers. Also known as a feminist she advocated for Puerto Rican independence.
Her poems were about love, feminism, equality, social justice, and Puerto Rico. Having grown up alongside the Río Grande de Loíza she was inspired to write her most notable poem: El Río Grande de Loíza a love song to the river of her childhood.
In 2006 author Georgina Lázaro published the children’s book Cuando los grandes eran pequeños. Julia de Burgos (Spanish Edition) (Cuando Los Grandes Eran Pequenos) and in 2010 the USPS service released a stamp in her honor.
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