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Professor Manuel Hernández
Essays Collection

Email: josejosue24@gmail.com
Address: : 2012 Ernest St. Kissimmee, Florida 34741

Manuel Hernandez was born in Sleepy Hollow, New York in 1963. He completed undergraduate studies at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus and finished a Master�s in Education from Herbert H. Lehman College (CUNY) in the Bronx in 1994. He has coordinated symposiums, produced and coordinated television interviews on the literature written by Puerto Rican and Latino/a writers from the Diaspora. He has done numerous presentations, workshops and seminars on how to integrate latino/a literature in the English classroom. In 2014, he participated in a TedxTalk (Connections) at Southern New Hampshire University. He is the author of three books, , Latino/a Literature in the English Classroom (Editorial Plaza Mayor, 2003), The Birth of a Rican (Imprenta Sifre. 2008) and Living the Kingdom with purpose (Imprenta Sifre, 2013). He is a Language Arts teacher at Osceola School District in Florida.
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Dream and Win The World

by Manuel Hernández

Once upon a time, there was a young and beautiful woman who was born a slave, orphan, adopted and brought up in a foreign and distant land. One day, the king, lord and ruler of one hundred and twenty-seven provinces, sent out an official proclamation. He was looking for a wife and queen and wanted all the damsels of the kingdom to participate in the monumental quest. The young woman's father urged her to dream and win the world. After a year of intense competition, scrutiny and evaluation, the young woman's grace and beauty won the king's heart and became his wife and queen.

Seven years later, one of the king's men, filled with envy and hate towards the young woman, her father and their people, devised a plot to kill, destroy and exterminate the queen and her captive nation. Baffled by the conspiracy, the queen's father urged his gracious majesty to act on behalf of the people they represented. Once the queen's people interceded in a nationwide and unified effort, she went in to see the king, intervened and saved the people from sure death and destruction.

Latinos from Central and South America, The Caribbean and Europe have been migrating to America today in amounts like never before. They came to the United States of America as early as the eighteenth century with dreams of a better life for their family and loved ones. But many Latinos came as illegal aliens, speaking a different language and in different colors, which made it more difficult for other ethnic groups to accept them. The recently arrived are victims of racism and exploitation by those with social and economic advantage within the mainstream. The great majority fall behind and find themselves in a monumental quest.

Two-hundred and plus years after we the people of the United States officially proclaimed our independence from the old world, Latinos continue to seek, strive and struggle for better opportunities in the new world. Ins-pite of the recently displayed Latino performance in the past Recall Elections in California, we are still underrepresented as a people. Yes, we have borough presidents, congressmen and congresswomen, mayors, governors, actors, actresses, NBA basketball players, major league baseball team owners, principals, teachers, entrepreneurs, but there are still kingdoms to be won on behalf of our people. We cannot do it alone; it is the quest of the Latino body acting as one.

The young woman is representative of many American Latinos. Today they dream and seek to win the world, but those filled with hate and envy build walls and barriers to detain and deny the emerging and diverse minority its place in American history. It is time to intercede and unite as a people. Only then will we have the power and authority to see the king and intervene on behalf of our nation.

If more than half of the Latino vote, decided the gubernatorial vote in The Recall, then we the people have the power to devise better educational, social, financial and political standards for all of us. The American government has done its best to be receptive towards the needs of we the people, but it is time for Latinos to design strategies and initiatives to collaborate in an effort to create an agenda that will meet the expectations of all.

Once upon a time, there was a government governed by a minority. It took the largest minority in Africa years of pain and suffering to win its place in history. When our children become the majority in forty-seven years, they will have inherited our peace, joy, justice and spirit. Let us begin to design the dream today, implement the vision as we speak, disciple our children now, and we the people will win the world tomorrow.