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United Bronx Parents

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Social service provider and advocate since 1965

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Borough : Bronx
Neighborhood : Longwood
Institution, Education

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By Elena Martínez
Founded in 1965, United Bronx Parents, now part of the Acacia Network, is an on-going and important example of the myriad community-based organizations that formed to stem a wave of social problems then engulfing Bronx families and communities.

In the 1960s and 1970s, many voluntary and non-profit community-based groups coalesced in the South Bronx in response to problems then characterized by the term "urban crisis." The crisis was caused and worsened by a complex web of interrelated factors including a region-wide loss of manufacturing jobs, private abandonment of property, public abdication of social and municipal services, widespread racial prejudice that diminished opportunities for new residents of color, and a welter of poverty-related social problems. SEBCO (Southeast Bronx Community Organization), formed by Father Gigante, and Banana Kelly are two examples of well-known organizations founded in that era that continue to serve local residents and businesses.

Dr. Evelina López...

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Interview with Lorraine Montenegro by Elena Martínez for Place Matters, Mar. 2008.

Finding Aid, López Antonetty Collection, Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College.

[Posted, Apr.2008]

On The Web

UBP Main Website


Irma Veliz

This place is important because it offers different services to the community, especially promoting equal rights in education, i.e. bilingual education. In the 1960s, Evelina López Antonetty, the founder of UBP, fought for children's rights for bilingual education.

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