Leslie Cruz Rodríguez (Cuba, 1978). Bachelor in Universal History. She has worked as a teacher of secondary and higher education. For a decade, she was linked to research projects on the life and work of José Martí, National Hero of Cuba. As a scriptwriter, she has done research for multimedia on various topics, aimed at students of different levels of education. She lives in Florida, United States, where she has also worked as a teacher. She is a member of the Florida Educators Association (FEA) and the Pinellas County Support Professionals Association (PESPA). She is married and has two children. This book arises from the need to deepen their knowledge and to explain to her children why Americans and many other people of diverse origins, celebrate or commemorate certain days of the year. Later she realized her research could also be useful for other Spanish speaking families and therefore decided to write a book. Not only is this book useful for those who are new to the USA, but as well, any American who would like to know more about these festivities.
A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine's long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric.
Claudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV-everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person's ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named "post-race" society.