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(1901-1974) Essayist, journalist. Born in Cayey, Puerto Rico. In 1918, Colon was a stowaway on the S.S. Carolina which landed in Brooklyn. He settled in New York City’s Puerto Rican community and took a series of grueling jobs which exposed him to the discrimination and injustice experienced by many Puerto Rican “unskilled” laborers. He became associated with the Daily Worker, the publication of the national office of the Communist party in New York, and started writing a column for the paper in 1955. A collection of Colon’s essays, “A Puerto Rican in New York and Other Sketches,” was published in 1961.

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