About Maria Rosa
I was born in Isabela, Puerto Rico, graduated from Maria Regina College in Syracuse, N.Y., SUNY College at Buffalo, University of Buffalo, and Niagara University. I successfully defended a doctoral thesis at the University of Buffalo on the Puerto Rican bibliophile Arturo Alfonso Schomburg (1874-1938). The private book collection Schomburg had amassed about the world-wide African diaspora served as the nucleus for establishing and developing the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, N.Y part of the New York City Public Library system.
I am a blogger. I have six blogs and working on an on-line newspaper focused on the Latino community called the Latin Journal that Alberto O. Cappas founded in the mid-seventies on the lower West Side in Buffalo, N.Y.
My first newspaper column appeared in the Latin Journal newspaper in 1978. In 1984, I wrote a column for the Challenger Newspaper called “From the Barrio” after I married Carl R. Allen (1955-1999) an African-American journalist I met when I worked in the Editorial Department of the Buffalo News in 1981. In the 1990s I worked for the Hispanic newspaper as a correspondent in Dunkirk, N.Y. Today, I write for various on-line publications such as Hub Pages and Examiner.
I started the blogs last year, the first The Latin Journal Blog from the Barrio and later the Buffalo Puerto Rican Press, the Insurgent Teacher, the Emmett Till Social Justice blog. My newest blog The Buffalo Empire Star focuses on the African-American community in the City of Buffalo and elsewhere in New York State particularly in the Western New York and Niagara region.
I was a School Attendance teacher in the Buffalo Schools until the Board of Education laid-off the Attendance teachers in 2005. Today, I work as an urban school principal and assistant principal substitute and certified as a NYS School District Administrator (SDA) since 2005. My professional profile is on LinkedIn.