Latinx Monuments We'd Like To See : Alt.Latino Ivy Queen, Jean-Michel Basquiet and Maria from Sesame Street are just a few of the Latinx figures we think should be cast in bronze or carved on the side of a mountain.
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Latinx Monuments We'd Like To See

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From left to right, some of the Latinx figures we think deserve monuments: Ivy Queen, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sonia Manzano and Anacaona. Rodrigo Varela; Ron Galella Collection; David Livingston; The Civilization, volume III, 1882/Getty Images hide caption

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From left to right, some of the Latinx figures we think deserve monuments: Ivy Queen, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sonia Manzano and Anacaona.

Rodrigo Varela; Ron Galella Collection; David Livingston; The Civilization, volume III, 1882/Getty Images

Who gets lionized and why? As monuments to the Confederacy continue to come down by public protest and force, we decided to nominate Latinx artists whom we think deserve to be immortalized for their achievements.

Alt.Latino contributor Stefanie Fernández, plus NPR's Anaïs Navarro Laurent and Laura Beltrán Villamizar, join Felix Contreras this week for a conversation about identity, representation and how the past can influence the present.

Here are nine historic and contemporary figures whose accomplishments should be cast in marble, bronze or even carved on the side of a mountain. Listen to episode to hear why:

  • Sonia Manzano, American actor best known as Maria from Sesame Street
  • Bola de Nieve, Cuban musician
  • María Teresa Vera, Cuban musician
  • Anacaona, poet from Xaragua (now Haiti)
  • Victoria Santa Cruz; Afro-Peruvian choreographer, composer and activist
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat, American artist
  • El General, Panamanian singer
  • Bad Bunny, Puerto Rican musician
  • Ivy Queen, Puerto Rican musician