Sunday, April 12, 2009

Pepsi Charles Honored at Sabor Latino

The late Pepsi Charles was remembered Saturday at an event that drew a diverse crowd of Plainfielders who also enjoyed Latino food and culture.

About 70 people gathered at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church for "Sabor Latino," a fundraiser for Latinas en Accion co-sponsored by Venture & Venture Inc. John Brinkley and Rhonda Wise offered remembrances of the late activist and community organizer who worked tirelessly to improve the lives of children and to foster awareness of African-American cultural identity. Alma Cruz, executive director of Latinas en Accion, plays a similar role in the Latino community.

Pepsi Charles made her home in Plainfield, but was well-known in many spheres of art and culture beyond the Queen City. Click here for Plaintalker's previous remembrance. On Saturday, her mother, Rose, and son, Ebon, were recognized as part of the tribute.

The event also featured a Bomba y Plena performance and samples of Latino dishes donated by local restaurants.

This isn't a full report, but I was there in part to enjoy the event and meet some old and new friends. Courier News photographer Andrew Miller took many photos which are posted in a photo gallery online at today. Take a look at the colorful dancers, some of whom are Evergreen School students.

--Bernice Paglia


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