What makes a hero? The very word implies a superlative effort, perhaps of superhuman or supernatural nature; an action or succession of actions that display an individual’s courage, selflessness, his or her will to reach a goal in spite of obstacles, criticism and the inevitable passage of time. With this, we find, our vision of what a hero is can be very fluid:
Is a hero someone like Theresa Alvillar-Speake, former Director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact and Diversity under the Bush Administration, who has fought incessantly as a Minority Business advocate? Is it an everyday person, like Mr. Gustavo Díaz, an Ecuadorian immigrant and proud parent, who has been able to instill his children with a love for education and hard work, despite the fact that he is confined to a wheelchair? Or can a hero somehow be waiting in the wings, like 17 year-old Alexis Hernández, who has overcome his Salvadorian family’s financial hardships by way of a relentless dedication to his studies?
On June 11th, 2009, the 3rd Annual Hispanic Hero Awards Gala organized by the U.S. Hispanic Youth Entrepreneur Education [USHYEE] and sponsored by the Mirant Corporation, set out to refine our definition of this overused term.
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This article originally appeared at Examiner.com on June 12th, 2009.
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