TIME

1960s

1960

The Mirabal Sisters

Undermining a dictator

Minerva, Patria and María Teresa Mirabal—sisters, all married with children—were not likely revolutionaries. But in the Dominican Republic in the late 1950s they risked their lives resisting the regime of Rafael Trujillo. The state’s murder of the sisters, ages between 25 and 36, on Nov. 25, 1960, outraged the public and triggered Trujillo’s own assassination six months later. After the country’s transition to democracy in the late 1970s, the Butterflies, as Dominicans call the sisters, became symbols of democratic and feminist resistance. The U.N. made the date of their deaths International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

1961

Rita Moreno

Breaking Hollywood barriers

Rita Moreno’s 1961 breakout role in West Side Story almost made her quit acting. Makeup artists colored her darker, and Moreno, a Puerto Rican native, felt her accent “didn’t make any sense.” She resented being asked to sing “America,” which had lines like “Puerto Rico, you ugly island/Island of tropic diseases.” She spoke up, and the lyrics were changed. In her long career, she hasn’t stopped fighting against typecasting and for fair representation of Latinos. In 1962, she became the first Latina to win an Oscar, going on to take home a rare full EGOT. In 2020, she’ll return to West Side Story—this time as an executive producer.

Soledad O’Brien

O’Brien is a journalist and

Vous lisez un aperçu, inscrivez-vous pour en lire plus.

Centres d'intérêt associés

Plus de TIME

TIME2 min de lecturePolitics
China And America’s Blame Game Over COVID-19 Hurts Everyone
THE U.S. AND Chinese governments now appear more interested in taunting each other than cooperating to contain the damage wreaked by COVID-19. That’s bad news for the whole world, because if they worked together to limit further human and economic da
TIME5 min de lecture
What To Read While Social Distancing
NO MATTER WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE world, a good book can provide insight, comfort or a welcome escape. As the COVID-19 outbreak continues and many of us are seeking entertainment while staying home, now may be the time to finally dig into that epic no
TIME3 min de lecture
Milestones
Country music’s ace WHEN KENNY ROGERS, WHO DIED AT 81 ON MARCH 20, ASKED me to play the role of his love interest in his 1993 TV movie Rio Diablo, I was overjoyed. But before we shot the first scene, I was an absolute mess with nerves. Yes, I’ve sung