June 30, 2020

Luján Statement on Passing of Literary Giant Rudolfo Anaya

Washington, D.C.  Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, issued the following statement on the passing of renowned Chicano author Rudolfo Anaya:  

“New Mexico is mourning the loss of our beloved friend and brother, Rudolfo Anaya, whose work touched the lives of countless Americans. Mr. Anaya left an indelible mark on Chicano literature and on New Mexico – and his work reflected his love for New Mexico’s cultures and traditions. I’m honored to own a signed copy of ‘The Farolitos of Christmas,’ which illustrates how farolitos and luminarias came to be a favorite holiday tradition.

“Mr. Anaya dedicated his life to inspiring others, including as an educator at Albuquerque Public Schools and the University of New Mexico. He was also recognized for his life’s work by President Barack Obama with the National Humanities Medal. As we grieve this loss, let us turn to his writings to help us celebrate his legacy. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and all those who turned to him for inspiration.”

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