As Congress enters into an exciting new session, Friends of the National American Latino Museum (FRIENDS) is galvanizing high-profile supporters across the nation with the launch of its Regional Leadership Networks. Local and national leaders will serve as the champions and ambassadors for the campaign to create a Smithsonian National American Latino Museum on our National Mall. They represent the incredible strength and support this campaign has cultivated since its inception over a decade ago.
Starting with New York, regional networks are expected to be launched throughout 2019 in California, Illinois, Florida, and Texas. Members will spread awareness and support for the long-overdue museum through the media, in-person advocacy, and digital engagement to create momentum for the campaign in their communities. They will continue the drumbeat that began over 25 years ago when the Smithsonian and Congress were made aware of the severe underrepresentation of American Latino history throughout the institution.