During Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), Wise Latinas Lnked will be honoring Latinas who have made a difference in the lives of many in the U.S and around the world. Some of these women are still with us today and others have left a very important legacy.
Lucy Acosta volunteered her life to help the needy. The El Paso, Texas native was committed to the Latino community. Her father died when she was a toddler. Her family survived the depression. She started a non-profit for the elderly and disabled when she realized others like her aging parents needed help. Lucy was a woman on a mission.
Highlights of Lucy Acosta's life:
- Dedicated to the advancement of women, Latinos and young people.
- A leader who fought for civil and human rights.
- Co-founded "Project Amistad" a social service program for the needy.
- Developed scholarship program for disadvantage students.
- Leader with the League of United Latin American Citizens.
- First woman appointed to Civil Service Commission in El Paso.
- 1987: Inducted in the Texas Hall of Fame at Texas Women's University.
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