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Frank Bonilla: The Legacy of Frank Bonilla

 Developed by Victoria Núñez’s

Frank Bonilla was a university researcher and community activist. Educated at the City College of New York, Columbia and Harvard, Bonilla worked on research projects in New York’s Puerto Rican community, various Latin American countries, and Latino/as nationwide. He published his research and other writing in numerous books and articles during his lifetime. Bonilla was one of the few Puerto Ricans in academia stateside in the pre-civil rights era. He concentrated his work on Puerto Ricans and Latin Americans from the start of his career. As the founding director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies in the City University of New York, he took a leading role in shaping the field of Puerto Rican studies.