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Why Is Celia Cruz Called the Queen of Salsa?

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Cultures +5 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old), Post-Secondary, Adults

Celia Cruz celebrated her Cuban American identity as one of the first women salsa singers. 

Because of Her Story presents a YouTube miniseries where students speak with Smithsonian curators about four women who shaped American history and culture. In Why Is Celia Cruz Called the Queen of Salsa?,Mincy, a student, speaks with Ariana A. Curtis, curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

See more YouTube videos from the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative, Because of Her Story. #BecauseOfHerStory

Celia Cruz

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¡Yo soy de Cuba la Voz, Guantanamera!

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Shoes, worn by Celia Cruz

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Dress worn by Celia Cruz

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Celia con Rolos

Anacostia Community Museum

Cuban Rumba Dress

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Celia Cruz: Queen of Salsa

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Celia Cruz

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John Leguizamo on Celia Cruz

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