Former Puerto Rico governor to speak at E.C.'s main library

2010-04-07T00:00:00Z Former Puerto Rico governor to speak at E.C.'s main library
April 07, 2010 12:00 am

EAST CHICAGO | As a renowned lawyer and the eighth governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Anibal Acevedo Vila is no stranger to adversity.

Acevedo Vila inherited an island government that battled recession, a $1 billion deficit and escalating murder rates. Acevedo Vila later was indicted on 24 counts, including charges of tax fraud, of which he was cleared.

He will share his political journey from 4 to 7 p.m. April 14 with the East Chicago community and sign his book "Asi Fue ... y Ahora Que?" ("That's the Way It Went ... Now What?") at the city's main library on Columbus Drive, as part of National Library Week.

National Library Week is an annual celebration of the nation's libraries and librarians. All types of libraries -- school, public, academic and special -- participate in the weeklong celebration.

"It's an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to hear Anibal Acevedo Vila's story," said Manuel Montalvo, East Chicago Public Library director. "He is a visionary, and the fact that he was a collaborator for President Obama's presidential campaign says a lot about his character and leadership." - By Times Staff

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