Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Calls for Establishment of American Latino Museum in NY Times Column

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a senior advisor at Akin Gump, has co-authored an Opinion column for The New York Times, titled “Where Is the Smithsonian Museum for American Latinos?” The article, written with former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, calls for the passage of the National Museum of the American Latino Act.

Ros-Lehtinen and Salazar write that the establishment of an American Latino museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., would tell the story of Latinos, who are “an integral part of the country’s economy and prosperity.” The need for this museum, they say, “cannot be overstated, particularly now. Latinos are the second-largest ethnic and racial group in the country, and yet our diversity and complexity remains misunderstood.”

Ros-Lehtinen, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives for three decades and is a member of the Board of the Friends of the American Latino Museum, and Salazar conclude by noting that Congress now has a chance “to bring the nation together by shedding light on our shared American story. It’s far past time,” they add, “to do the right thing, and make an American Latino Museum a reality.

To read the column in its entirety, please click here.