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Statement on the Passing of Latino Champion & Educator Ronald Blackburn-Moreno



November 10, 2021 

Sarai Bejarano | Manager of Traditional & Digital Media | [email protected]| 212-739-7581 


Statement on the Passing of Latino Champion & Educator Ronald Blackburn-Moreno
LatinoJustice Mourns the Loss of ASPIRA Associations President and CEO

New York, NY- On Thursday, November 4th, 2021 ASPIRA Association Inc. President and CEO Ronald Blackburn-Moreno passed away after serving as ASPIRA’s Chief Executive for close to three decades. 

The following is a statement issued by LatinoJustice PRLDEF President & General Counsel, Lourdes M. Rosado: 

"LatinoJustice is saddened to hear about the passing of one of the most admired and well-respected Latino leaders in our country and longtime LJP friend and supporter Ronald Blackburn-Moreno.

ASPIRA of New York, with the support of ASPIRA of America and the representation of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF), filed a suit against the New York City Board of Education in 1972. The subsequent consent decree helped establish the right of NYC public school children to receive bilingual education in English and Spanish.

The strong and lasting partnership between ASPIRA and LJP was strengthened by Mr. Blackburn-Moreno’s guidance and influence and will continue to have a lasting impact on our Latino communities and beyond. LatinoJustice PRLDEF extends our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Blackburn-Moreno. While we have lost one of our greatest Latino champions of change, education and inclusion, his legacy will proceed him. He will be greatly missed.” 




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