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Gracia Molina Enriquez de Pick - Hispanic Heritage Honoree

Between 1998 and 2016, KPBS partnered with Union Bank to recognize heroes in San Diego's diverse communities.

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New Study Shows Lack Of Diversity Among San Diego's Decision Makers

Aug. 7
By Jade Hindmon

One group of community leaders is shining a light on the lack of diversity among governing officials in the San Diego Region.

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First African-American Commander US Navy Aircraft Carrier Honored In San Diego

July 3
By Jade Hindmon

San Diego County’s Urban League hosted a salute to African-American military leaders. One of those leaders, who made naval history, is retired Admiral Larry Cleveland Chambers. He commanded the USS Midway.

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Juneteenth: An American Holiday

June 19
By Jade Hindmon

Juneteenth is an American Holiday, often overlooked. But what's also called African American Independence Day is as significant to our history as the Fourth Of July.

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Meet American Indian Heritage Month Local Hero Randy Edmonds

Nov. 1, 2016
KPBS Local Heroes Project

Randy Edmonds is a tribal elder who's coached fellow Indians through a common evolution: moving from life on a reservation, to life in the city. He's dedicated to tradition, and honored to accept the latest Local Hero nomination.

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Meet American Indian Heritage Month Local Hero Joely Proudfit

Nov. 1, 2016
KPBS Local Heroes Project

Joely Proudfit is a Luiseño professor who wants American Indians to control how they're represented in media. She heads the largest Native peoples film festival in the state.

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Meet Disability Awareness Month Local Hero Kyle Maynard

Oct. 1, 2016
KPBS Local Heroes Project

Kyle Maynard is an introvert with his own spotlight. Maynard's willingness to adapt and unwillingness to acquiesce under pressure earned him a Local Hero nomination.

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Meet Disability Awareness Month Local Hero Margarita Elizondo

Oct. 1, 2016
KPBS Local Heroes Project

Margarita Elizondo has one goal: make the disabled community accessible. This ambition, and her dedication to it, earned her the nomination as KPBS' Disability Awareness Month Local Hero.

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Meet Hispanic Heritage Month Local Hero Robert Rivas

Sept. 15, 2016
KPBS Local Heroes Project

Robert Rivas aims to make the choice easy for young Latinos: college or prison. He's started a San Diego organization committed to a strong Latino future.

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Meet Hispanic Heritage Month Local Hero Patricia Rincon

Sept. 15, 2016
KPBS Local Heroes Project

She's on ballet stages and in tribal villages. And her hunger for great performance is boundless. She's Patricia Rincon, KPBS' new Local Hero.

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Meet LGBT Pride Month Local Hero Jonathan Bailey

June 15, 2016
KPBS Local Heroes Project

For Jonathan Bailey, food is love. And he works hard to feed love to as many people as he can. That’s why he was nominated as a 2016 LGBT Pride Month Local Hero.

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Meet LGBT Pride Month Local Hero Mattheus Stephens

June 15, 2016
KPBS Local Heroes Project

Mattheus Stephens is a lawyer by trade, a teacher by passion, and a committed community member by nature. And now, he represents the LGBT community as the first transgender Local Hero.

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Meet Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Local Hero Li-Rong Lilly Cheng

May 16, 2016
KPBS Local Heroes Project

Li-Rong "Lilly" Cheng is a tenacious teacher, language lover, and a curator of cultural immersion. Her passion for all of these earned her a nomination as an Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Local Hero.

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Meet Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Local Hero Huma Ahmed-Ghosh

May 16, 2016
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Professor Huma Ahmed-Ghosh serves as the chair of the nation's first university Women's Studies department. She works at home and abroad to improve awareness of issues facing women — specifically those from Asian cultures. Her efforts to elevate discourse on these matters are being recognized as she picks up a nomination as this month's Local Hero.

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Meet Jewish American Heritage Month Local Hero Marjorie Morrison

May 1, 2016
KPBS Local Heroes Project

Marjorie Morrison champions a rare cause: to educate the community that surrounds veterans — to shift a culture's view toward service members. She's being recognized as a Jewish American Heritage Month Local Hero for her success in achieving this shift.

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Meet Jewish American Heritage Month Local Heroes Rose And Max Schindler

May 1, 2016
KPBS Local Heroes Project

Holocaust survivors Rose and Max Schindler are on a mission. They won't stop, they won't say no, and they're among the few who can still fulfill it. For this dedication, they're 2016 Jewish American Heritage Month Local Heroes.

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