Junot Díaz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning Dominican American writer hailing from New Jersey. His vibrant narratives of the immigrant experience have garnered him critical acclaim and numerous awards and nominations. His novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and short story collections Drown and This is How You Lose Her have all garnered tremendous success. In addition to his writing, he has been a champion of immigrants’ rights through his support of Freedom University, a freedom school dedicated to serving undocumented students affected by Georgia’s discriminatory ban, and his opposition to Dominican Republic’s harsh treatment of Haitian immigrants.
“In my view a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.”
This year, we are honoring the heroes and hundreds of individuals that have fought the injustices faced by our communities. Over the next month we will recognize their journeys and the ways in which they have made TODAY possible. #HispanicHeritageMonth #MiHeritage
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