She was a resident of PBS’s “Sesame Street” for four decades. On Monday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m., Sonia Manzano, better known as “Maria” on the popular children’s program, will speak about her life experiences in Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. The talk is designed for adult audiences.
Manzano was a resident of “Sesame Street” beginning in 1971. She took on the role of Maria while she led Elmo and the gang through life lessons of any size. Although she decided to retire after more than 40 years as Maria, she still continues to be dedicated to young children everywhere.
This lecture, “Sonia Manzano: From the South Bronx to Sesame Street,” is tied to Manzano’s new memoir, “Becoming Maria.” In this book for teens and adults, she discusses her personal life growing up in a Puerto Rican family in the South Bronx during the 1950s and ’60s. There was love within her family, but also violence brought on by her father’s drinking.
Manzano’s lecture is open to the public free of charge, sponsored by the BU’s Multicultural Center, Center for Leadership and Engagement, Center for Diversity and Inclusion and SOL: The Latino Students Association. For information, contact Madelyn Rodriguez, director of Multicultural Affairs, at 570-389-4510.
(Information from Bonnie Martin)