Iris Morales

Photo: JA Figueroa
Photo: JA Figueroa

Iris Morales is an educator and longtime community activist. She brings her legacy of social justice activism to her projects with young people, educators, and media producers promoting human rights and the decolonization of Puerto Rico. Throughout her career, Ms. Morales has built organizations dedicated to grassroots organizing, community empowerment, and media. Currently, as the founder and executive editor of Red Sugarcane Press, Inc., she publishes books about the Puerto Rican and Latin@ Diasporas in the Americas.

Ms. Morales was a  member of the Young Lords for five years serving as the organization's Deputy Minister of Education and co-founder of its Women’s Caucus and Women’s Union.
Her interviews and writings about the Young Lords have appeared in numerous magazines and books such as Palante: Voices and Photographs of the Young Lords, 1969-1971 and The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature, among others. She is also the producer, writer and co-director of the award-winning film, ¡Palante, Siempre Palante! The Young Lords, which premiered on public television and continues to screen to audiences across the United States and the Caribbean.

Ms. Morales travels nationally as a public speaker at colleges, universities, and community venues. She is an attorney, a graduate of New York University School of Law, and earned an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College in New York.


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