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‘Sesame Street’s’ Maria to Address Sold-out Unity Banquet and Scholarship Benefit

Sonia Manzano, who has played Maria on Sesame Street for more than 30 years, will address a sold-out crowd at Duquesne University’s 5th Annual Unity Banquet and Scholarship Benefit on Friday.

The Unity Banquet and Scholarship Benefit honors multicultural students at Duquesne for their academic achievements and leadership abilities. Six students will be honored at this year’s event.

One of the first Hispanic characters on national television, Manzano is a staunch advocate for education, a best-selling children’s author who has been recognized for her efforts by the Association of Hispanic Arts and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in Washington, DC, among others. A member of the Sesame Street writing team, she has won 15 Emmys, and she continues to write scripts for children’s programs and literary ventures.

When: Friday, April 15, at 6 p.m.

Where: Power Center Ballroom, Duquesne University, Forbes Ave. at Chatham Sq., Pittsburgh.

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