Resolution J476-2013

Mourning the death of Dolores Prida, distinguished citizen and devoted member of her community

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  • Feb 12, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Feb 12, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Feb 8, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  mourning  the  death  of Dolores Prida, distin-
guished citizen and devoted member of her community

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body  to  pay  tribute  to
citizens  of  the  State  of  New York whose lifework and civic endeavor
served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great
State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, Cuban-born playwright, journalist,  and  poet  Dolores  Prida
died on Sunday, January 20, 2013, at the age of 69; and
  WHEREAS,  Dolores  Prida  was born on September 5, 1943, in Caibarien,
Cuba; in 1961, she, her mother and her two siblings  reunited  in  Miami
with  her  father,  who  had  left  the  island-nation shortly after the
triumph of the Cuban Revolution; and
  WHEREAS, The family settled in New York City, where Dolores Prida took
a job at a bakery and attended night classes at Hunter College for a few
years before making an inroad into the publishing industry and launching
her career as a journalist; and
  WHEREAS, Dolores Prida distinguished herself in her profession and  by
her  sincere  dedication  and substantial contribution to the welfare of
her community; and
  WHEREAS, During the 1970s and 1980s, Dolores  Prida  was  director  of
information  services  for  the  National  Puerto  Rican Forum, managing
editor of the Spanish-language daily EL TIEMPO, New  York  correspondent
for VISION magazine, senior editor of NUESTRO magazine, literary manager
for  the  theatrical  organization International Arts Relations (INTAR),
and publications director for the Association of  Hispanic  Arts  (AHA);
and
  WHEREAS,  Dolores  Prida  began writing short stories and poetry while
still a teenager in Cuba; in the United States she published  her  first
book,  the  collection of poems, 37 POEMAS (1967), but it was as a play-
wright that she would establish her literary reputation; and
  WHEREAS, Dolores Prida was one of the most active, as well as  one  of
the  first,  female playwrights that nourished the New York Latino stage
during the 1980s and 1990s; and
  WHEREAS, Dolores Prida's first play, "Beautiful Senoritas,"  premiered
in  1977;  it  was followed by "The Beggars Soap Opera"; "Coser y cantar
(1981)"; "Pantallas (1986)"; "Botanica (1991)"; "Casa Propia"  (A  House
of  Her  Own,  1999);  and "Four Guys Named Jose ... and Una Mujer Named
Maria" (2000); and
  WHEREAS, In addition to her weekly column for  EL  DIARIO  LA  PRENSA,
Dolores  Prida  was a long-time contributor to the DAILY NEWS and LATINA
MAGAZINE, where she was in charge of one of its  most  popular  columns,
"Dolores Dice" (Dolores Says, in Spanish); and
  WHEREAS,  Dolores  Prida's commitment to excellence, and her spirit of
humanity, carried over into all fields of enterprise, including charita-
ble and civic endeavors; and
  WHEREAS,  Throughout  her  career,  Dolores  Prida  received   several
distinctions:  the  Cintas Fellowship Award for Literature, the Creative
Artistic Public Service Award for Playwriting (1976) and the  Excellence
in Arts Award, given by Manhattan Borough President (1987); in 1989, she
was  granted a Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Mount Holyoke College;
and
  WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit and imbued  with  a  sense  of
compassion,  Dolores Prida leaves behind a legacy which will long endure
the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory  to  all  she
served and befriended; now, therefore, be it

  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of Dolores  Prida,  distinguished  citizen  and  devoted
member of her community; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Dolores Prida.

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