Cuban mass immigration started in the late1950s. Most were in their 20s, leaving all they knew behind, families, food, businesses, possessions of any kind and, oftentimes, parents and children as well.
Those stories are quickly fading from the memories of those that we have left and it is our goal to help preserve that history for generations to come.
Since 1959 scores of Cubans have made their way to freedom. But with that independence came the increasing loss of our cultural identity and history. The recipes, jokes, antedotes and cuentos have all been passed on orally from generation to generation as our culture of sharing is very much a spoken one. Many of those first brave abuelas and abuelos have joined our ancestors in the skies and with them, the memory of what our beautiful homeland once was in all it's glory.
Future generations are at risk of never truly knowing the stories of our Hispanic ancestry. We are not given our place in history books; movies, films and, television shows continually fail to accurately depict our people and culture. Published Caribbean authors are few and far from their audiences making it difficult for their stories to transcend.
Our mission is to bring life to our collective stories and ensure their proper place in history.Your donations will help in the preservation and production as well as distribution of our hiSTORY. Breaking down racial barriers, empowering our kin and connecting our people in a way that has never been done before.
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Facts about Hispanic Americans
Hispanics are the largest ethinicty group in the United States. 52 million Americans identify as Hispanic in the US making up 16.7% of the population.
The Hispanic population in the U.S. in 2010 was the largest in the world outside of Mexico, which has a population of 112 million. Puerto Ricans make up 9.2 percent of the Hispanic population, and Cubans make up 3.5 percent of Hispanics.
The number of Hispanic-owned businesses in 2007 jumped by 43.6 percent to 2.3 million. During that time frame, they grossed $350.7 billion, which represents a 58 percent jump between 2002 and 2007.
Hispanics were the ethnic group said to be hardest hit by the economic recession that kicked off in 2007. From 2009 to 2010, the poverty rate for Latinos actually increased to 26.6 percent from 25.3 percent. The national poverty rate in 2010 was 15.3 percent. Moreover, the median household income for Latinos in 2010 was just $37,759. In contrast, the median household income for the nation between 2006 and 2010 was $51,914.