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09 October 2015

Antony Romero

Antony Romero is the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, the A.C.L.U. He is the first

Hispanic and openly gay man to hold the position. Romero’s parents moved from Puerto Rico to the

Bronx, where Romero was raised. Even though all Puerto Ricans are U.S. Citizens, Romero’s parents felt

the prejudices that illegal immigrants often face. These experiences are what inspired Romero’s

commitment to civil rights, civil liberties, and social justice. “My memories of discrimination,

homophobia, and poverty stand in sharp contrast to the dignity and love I got from my family,” he said

in an ACLU press release. Romero was the first in his family to graduate from high school. After college,

he went on to attended law school at Stanford University and earn a graduate degree from Princeton

University. JAMMIN’ one oh one five recognizes Anthony Romero