Latinos Jorge Muñoz and Roberta Diaz Brinton are among 13 people who were awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal yesterday for their outstanding work. In a ceremony at the White House, President Barack Obama recognized them as citizens who have been of exemplary service to the country.
Munoz, 46, is a Colombian immigrant who works as a school bus driver in New York City. With his personal earnings and donations, the "Angel of Queens" makes homemade meals and feeds them to more than 100 less fortunate people every night. He began cooking the meals with his family when he noticed people begging for food in his Queens neighborhood. "By giving his time, energy and resources to feeding the hungry, he has demonstrated the enduring American values of sacrifice and kindness," President Obama said of Munoz.
Across the country, as Director of the University of Southern California’s Science, Technology and Research Program (STAR) Brinton has done extraordinary work to mentor disadvantaged and minority inner-city students in East Los Angeles and give them more opportunities, such as college scholarships. When she’s not volunteering, Brinton is a USC Professor of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering and Neurology.
Congratulations to both!