Latin pop superstar Ricky Martin is among the five winners of the 16th annual Hispanic Heritage Awards, to be presented Sept. 20 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. On Oct. 12, many

Latin pop superstar Ricky Martin is among the five winners of the 16th annual Hispanic Heritage Awards, to be presented Sept. 20 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. On Oct. 12, many NBC affiliates will broadcast the hour-long ceremony.

Along with Martin, other recipients include Mexican-American Olympic speed skater Derek Parra, Mexican-American theologian Rev. Virgilio Elizondo, Dominican Republic-born novelist Julia Alvarez ("In the Time of the Butterflies," "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents"), and People en Espanol founder/publisher Liza Quiroz, who is of Puerto Rican and Mexican descent.

"Ricky, Derek, Liza, Father Elizondo, and Julia serve the needs of the disenfranchised in America, and in some cases all over the world, beyond the immense talents for which they are commonly known," said Pedro Jose Greer Jr., chairman of the board of the Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation.

Youth awards, which began four years ago, will go to six Hispanic high school students. They will also appear at the Kennedy Center. For more information, visit the Hispanic Heritage Awards Web site.


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