The Life and Legacy of Casilda Luna

Mt. Pleasant Library

The Life and Legacy of Casilda Luna

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, 6 p.m.

In celebration of Black History Month, the Mt. Pleasant Library is honored to host a panel discussion on the life of Casilda Luna. A native of Sanchez, Samana in the Dominican Republic, Casilda Luna is often referred to as a pioneer in the Hispanic community. Casilda Luna moved to Washington, D.C. in 1961, and was one of the first Hispanic activists in Adams Morgan. Casilda organized weekly social gatherings that evolved into community discussions, which addressed social problems in the community. She then became involved with the Latin American Festival organizing committee and the Latino Affairs Office of the District of Columbia. Casilda was the co-founder of the Hispanic Festival and the Mayor's Office of Latino Affairs, where she helped to promote the inclusion of Hispanics in the Metropolitan Police Department. She also founded Mujeres Unidas Latinas en Accion (MULA), which helped Hispanic women who were new to the District of Columbia by bringing them together through community activities.



Nidya Luna, Daughter and Community member

Nancy Shia, Community Photographer

Archie Williams, Former Executive Director of Change, Inc.

Antonio Montes, Community Activist