Don Rafa in Chicago: A Historical Collage

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  1. Rafael Cancel Miranda carried on the shoulders of admirers on the evening he, Lolita Lebrón, Oscar Collazo, and Irvin Rodríguez arrived in Chicago on September 9, 1979. This picture, taken in front of the 1st Congregational Church of Chicago was Rev. José Alberto “Viejo” Torres’ Church, where the evening rally occurred.
  2. Left to right: José E. López, Rafael Cancel Miranda, and Oscar Collazo are at the speakers’ table in the Puerto Rican Cultural Center basement at 1671 N. Claremont. September 10, 1979.
  3. Rafael Cancel Miranda and Angel Rodríguez Cristobal (leader of the Puerto Rican Socialist League) walking down Thomas Street in Chicago the weekend of September 9-11, 1979. Angel would be murdered later that year on November 11, 1979, in Tallahassee Federal Prison while serving a 6-month sentence for protesting the US Navy’s use of Vieques Puerto Rico as a naval bombing practice range.
  4. A picture of the official sweater of the Puerto Rican High School was named the Rafael Cancel Miranda Puerto Rican High School shortly after its founding in 1972.
  5. Rafael Cancel Miranda being given a tour by students of the Rafael Cancel Miranda High School, Maribel Cruz (back to camera), Evelyn Cruz (sister of Rafael Cruz, whose murder by Chicago Police 2 years earlier precipitated the 1977 Humboldt Park riots.
  6. Rafael Cancel Miranda with students holding half-mile hailer, Leony Calderón, and other activists, friends, and family in front of Terre Haute USP. Circa Spring 1986.
  7. Former Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera is bidding goodbye to Don Rafael. Circa March 2020. Photo courtesy of Claridad newspaper.
  8. Rafael Cancel Miranda at Clemente High School in August 2013. The last time Rafael was in Chicago, he was interviewed by Jonathan Rivera Lizardi and filmed by Matt McCanna.
  9. Rafael Cancel Miranda, next to José Luis Rodríguez, Dora Garcia, and Luis Alejandro Molina during the impromptu rally after the release of Jaime Delgado, Viola Salgado, and Dora Garcia during the weekend of July 4, 1985, as part of the US government’s “Conspiracy to Escape” case. In the basement of the PRCC at 1671 N. Claremont Ave.
  10. O’Hare Airport, Chicago, IL, Rafael Cancel Miranda arriving, along with Lolita Lebrón, Oscar Collazo, and Irvin Flores Rodríguez the weekend of September 9-11, 1979. Activist and community leader Julio Cortés is in the background.