Public Invited to Event Featuring “Maria” from Sesame Street: Sonia Manzano
TOPEKA, KANSAS – Topeka Collegiate will host “Diversity & Sesame Street: An Evening with Sonia Manzano” on November 19, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Topeka Collegiate Commons, North Entrance, 2200 SW Eveningside Drive, Topeka, Kansas 66614.
For over 30 years, Sonia Manzano inspired, educated, and delighted children and families as "Maria" on Sesame Street. Named among the “25 Greatest Latino Role Models Ever” by Latina Magazine, Manzano broke ground as one of the first Hispanic characters on national television. Throughout her career, she has continued to contribute to enriching diversity on television, on the stage, and in the educational realm. A first generation America of Latin descent, Manzano’s tale is one of perseverance and courage as she overcame countless obstacles to become one of the most influential Latinas in television.
A staunch advocate for education, Manzano shares her extraordinary talent to help children to succeed. A fearless trailblazer, Manzano opened the doors for Latinas on screen. Infusing humor and charm into her presentations, Manzano inspires audiences with her passion, strength and insight into success. Whether speaking out for literacy, diversity, or addressing the issues children face in our media-saturated life, she is a familiar, engaging voice that brings new light to her roles and to our lives.
“We’re thrilled to bring “Maria” from Sesame Street to Topeka, Kansas. Sonia Manzano will address topics that are top of mind for many of today’s parents – diversity, inclusivity and education,” said Dr. Lyn Rantz. “She has a powerful story and we’re looking forward to her sharing it with all of us!”
The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required to attend and seating will be limited to 200 attendees. A reception will begin at 6:00 PM. The 45-minute presentation will begin at 6:30 PM and will be followed by a 15-minute Q&A. Sonia Manzano will be available for book signing from 7:30- 8:00 PM.
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