Hispanic Community

El Centro Hispano shifts focus as it moves into new office space

By Noah Grant

October 5, 2016

El Centro Hispano celebrated its move into a new office space on Saturday, Oct. 1, holding an open house and town hall meeting for board members and citizens of the community. The organization moved into the new space at 2000 Chapel Hill Road in late May, said Pilar Rocha-Goldberg, El Centro’s president and CEO. Rocha-Goldberg […]

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Vianey Martinez: A “Community Baby”

By Anna Williams

October 1, 2015

“I’ve lived in the same ZIP code since I got to the U.S. in fourth-grade—27703,” says Vianey Martinez. Martinez, a 21-year-old senior who is majoring in sociology and Hispanic linguistics, grabs shelter from a downpour at the Old Well. She is the only student from her graduating class at Southern High School to attend UNC-Chapel […]

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Critics claim Alston widening creates division, not access

By Sarah Kaylan Butler

September 17, 2015

  Community members say the Alston Avenue widening project will create more division than access to the neighborhood even after the compromise to save Los Primos Supermarket. The widening project, which will stretch from N.C. Highway 147 (the Durham Freeway) to Holloway Street, has been part of the conversation in North East Central Durham since […]

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The business behind Valentine’s Day

By Jennifer Tietnguyen

February 18, 2015

  Valentine’s Day isn’t just flowers and chocolates. For some Hispanic families in Durham, N.C. – it’s a livelihood. Mayra Hernandez, 21, and her mother, Irma Delgobo, 37, have been setting up their Valentine’s Day stands for over five years. For Delgobo, who runs no other business, this holiday is a special and — most […]

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La Voz of Lakewood YMCA reaches out to growing Hispanic community

By Elizabeth Byrum

April 10, 2013

¿Hablas español? The staff and members of the Lakewood YMCA in Durham want the community to know they do. The La Voz (The Voice) Spanish-speaking Advisory Committee aims to address the needs of the Latino community in the surrounding neighborhoods, as well as the greater city of Durham. The idea for the committee began as part […]

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Zumbathon will benefit Durham’s El Centro Hispano

By Elizabeth Byrum

February 20, 2013

Twelve instructors. Three hours. One Zumbathon. Latin-influenced notes of salsa, bachata, merengue and cumbia will fill the Downtown Durham YMCA on Saturday, as participants of El Centro Hispano’s Zumbathon dance and shimmy into the night. Since 2011, the Zumbathon has brought hundreds of community members together for several hours of high-energy Latin dancing. Zumba Fitness […]

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El Centro Hispano helps immigrants work toward citizenship

By Elizabeth Byrum

February 6, 2013

Sofía Castro, originally from Colombia, has enjoyed spending the last 18 years in the United States and she plans to stay — but as a full citizen. “This country has very good people, of God, more than any other part,” Castro said. On Thursday nights, Castro, along with a handful of other students, attends the […]

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Barriers hinder access to necessary mental health care

By Caitlin Owens

As national attention focuses on whether or not mental illness contributes to violence, Durham mental health care officials have found that violence—among other kinds of trauma—may contribute to mental health challenges. Although the Northeast Central Durham area suffers from many of the same mental health issues as the rest of the country, trauma plays a […]

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¡Viva Fútbol!: soccer tourney launches Latino Festival

By jock

September 19, 2012

By Carol Longoria UNC Co-Editor the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com The sun rises over Holton Career and Resource Center on Saturday morning, Sept. 15, while dozens of young athletes cluster with their teams for warm-ups in anticipation of the start of the soccer games. Tournament coordinators Alberto Carrasquillo and Fidel Quiroga ensure coaches know their field […]

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