Oct. 7, 2005 – Juan F. Luis, former governor, will be one of the featured speakers at "Virgin Islands Puerto Rico Friendship Forum" Oct. 14 at the Legislative Conference Room, St, Croix, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The theme of this first-ever legislative forum is Puerto Rico Friendship: An Enduring Bond Within the U.S. Caribbean Family.
Luis will present "A Personal Perspective of the Puerto Rican Culture"
Lorraine L. Berry, senate president, will make the introductory remarks.
Maria Cabret, presiding judge, Superior Court of the U.S. Virgin Islands, will also be among the many speakers. Her topic will be "The Influence Of Puerto Rican Women In Government"
A press release from Berry's office said, "As we prepare for the observance of V.I.-Puerto Rico Friendship Day, the Legislature plans to celebrate this holiday with an open and frank discussion about several topics related to the longstanding ties of friendship between the peoples of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico."
Topics include: "Social and Cultural Bonds That Unite The People Of The Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico," "Political Impact of Puerto Ricans to the Development of the U.S. Virgin Islands," "The Challenges of Puerto Rican People in the U.S. Virgin Islands," "The Puerto Rican Youth Experience" and "Puerto Rican Migration to the U.S. Virgin Islands"
Immediately following the forum, there will be a reception at Fort Frederik and the opportunity to view a photographic display by Diego Conde, entitled "The Papa Then: Puerto Ricans in the Virgin Islands," and an art display by Victor Manuel Silva, journalist, writer and artist.
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