Gloria Estefan

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Gloria Estefan

Gloria Estefan was born in Havana, Cuba in 1957. As a child she and her family immigrated to the U.S. as a result of the Cuban Revolution. Gloria gradiated from the University of Miami in 1979 with a B.A. in Psychology. After she graduated, she dedicated more time to singing and was part of a group called "Miami Sound Machine" and was made a household name with the release of "Conga" in 1985. Gloria has released Spanish and English albums and has sold more than 100 million records worldwide; making her not only one of the best selling artists of all time, but one of most sucessful crossover artists. Gloria has received numerous awards including: 7 Grammy's, The Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor, MTV's Hispanic Heritage Award, 2 ACE Awards, Humanitarian of the year.

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Gloria Estefan

Gloria has proven to be a roll model for Latinos everywehre. As previously mentioned, she has recived countless awards for her contributions not only to Latin music, but to society. She has also received The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Medallion of Excellence for Community Service as well as a star in the "Walk of Stars" in Las Vegas for her contribution to music industry. She also recieved the Caribbean American Mover and Shakers Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 for her contributions to the hispanic community. These contributions show Gloria as a postivie role model for all Latinos. Often times Latinos are misrepresented in curriculum and the story of Gloria Estefan shows her struggles and success.

The 4th Grade Houghton Mifflin Reading textbook contains an excerpt from Gloria Estefan, a biography about Gloria Estefan written by Sue Boulias. The story is under the theme "Heroes" and showcases Gloria Estefan, her struggles, and contributions. The Houghton Mifflin website has additional activities to support the story.

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ReferencesGloria Estefan. (2015, September 7). Retrieved September 17, 2015 from Estefan. (n.d.). Retrieved September 17, 2015, from 5: Heroes. (n.d.). Retrieved September 17, 2015 from


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