Hilda Hildago's Life to be Celebrated

Hilda Hildago was a long-time supporter and confidante of Equality Florida. Her lifetime of contributions to both the LGBT and Hispanic communities cannot be understated.

Rutgers-Newark Community to Honor Late Professor

hidalgoNEWARK, N.J. -- Family and friends will remember the life of the late Hilda Hidalgo, a former Rutgers professor and community activist, during a March 27 ceremony at the Newark Public Library.

"A Celebration of Hilda Hidalgo's Life" will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. March 27 in the Library's Centennial Hall, located at 5 Washington St.

Her partner, Dr. Cheryl Lamey, and her sisters, Elia Christiansen and Zaida Berrios, as well as other members of the family, will be in attendance. The ceremony will include songs, music and remembrances by family and friends.

"All who wish to honor Hilda are invited, but the family is requesting that comments be limited to two minutes each," said Olga Wagenheim, a longtime friend and colleague.

Hidalgo, 81 died on Nov. 8, and was both a distinguished scholar at Rutgers and the co-founder of several community organizations including Aspira Inc. of NJ, La Casa de Don Pedro, the Puerto Rican Congress, the United Community Foundation, the Newark Urban League and the United Community Corporation.

Until recently, Hidalgo was an active member of Equality Florida and Friends of Wild Iris, organizations that fight for the rights of gays and lesbians.

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