FLINT, MI – The Latinx Technology and Community Center celebrated its 20th anniversary with a festive day full of music, dancing and culturally authentic Latin cuisine on Saturday, June 26.
âIt is a blessing and an honor to hold this position and to celebrate 20 years,â said Zuccaro. âIt’s one thing to celebrate the organization’s anniversary, but it’s so much more than celebrating 20 years of community and how it has grown, changed and evolved over the years.
Zuccaro and members of the tech center invited organizers, volunteers and community members to come together and celebrate the anniversary of service and activism to the community after a year in which many people have been disconnected from each other due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Located at 2101 Lewis St, on the east side of Flint, the tech hub’s festivities began at 11:30 a.m. with remarks by Zuccaro during a short press conference in which he presented an award to Mott Community College for his continued support to the technology center over the past two decades.
The celebration of the day officially kicked off after the press conference with a musical performance by Beatriz. There were family activities and attractions such as bouncy houses for kids, popcorn and snow cone machines, dancing, and plenty of food showcasing Latin culture.
Some of the dishes included, fajitas, tacos, arepas and empanadas which showcased the different cultures of places like Central and South America.
The Flint Repertory Theater was also present for tours of murals featuring paintings on the building as well as in adjacent neighborhoods. The last mural that people saw on the tour, which ended at East Hamilton Avenue and Saginaw Street, was of a man selling corn.
Community DJs played music throughout the day, with two Latin bands from Grand Rapids and Detroit joining in the celebration by playing salsa, cumbia, merengue and bachata plus late afternoon.
Grupo Latin Soul and Orquesta Trabuco y Son took the stage to perform in the afternoons and evenings.
Luckily, for those who hadn’t honed their salsa skills during the pandemic, there was a professional salsa dancer from Cuba demonstrating some basic unique dance steps.
The dancer, who now resides in Flint, Zuccaro said, used to dance professionally around the world in places like Spain, Cuba and Miami.
âFor a long time, we’ve been really disconnected from people and isolated for a year,â Zuccaro said. âIt is an exciting time to come out of this pandemic. It is an exciting time as the organization continues to grow and develop and it is good to be able to support and be able to celebrate 20 years of community.
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