Binghamton University welcomes a voice of unity


Binghamton University will host distinguished Latino author, poet, and storyteller, Piri Thomas on Saturday, April 9. At 2 p.m., Thomas will be featured in a presentation titled “Cultural Roots of Latino Identity” highlighting his struggles as a Latino in the United States. The presentation will be held in the former mini-mall of the University Union West. A $5 fee will be charged at the door.

At 7 p.m., Sigma Lamda Upsilon/Senoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc. will host their 5th annual banquet titled “Nuestra Noche: A Night of Floetry with Piri Thomas” in the Mandela Room of the University Union West. As the keynote speaker Thomas will discuss the importance of literacy, his life and works. For decades Thomas has used poetry to confront poverty, racism and violence while influencing generations of writers and spoken word artists. He is the first writer of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent to receive national recognition in the United States. Some of his acclaimed works include Down These Mean Streets, Savior Savior Hold my Hand, and Seven Long Times.

The banquet will also feature performances by cultural dance groups and Latino food. Advance tickets can be purchased for $12 until April 1 by calling Fiorella Ramirez at (607) 624-5547 or Nidia Martinez at (718) 619-6213. Tickets are $15 at the door.

The banquet is sponsored by Sigma Lamda Upsilon/Senoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc., Binghamton University Alumni Association, Latino Greek Council and the Multicultural Resource Center.

For more information contact Fiorella Ramirez at or the Multicultural Resource Center at (607) 777-4472.

Last Updated: 9/17/13