The 100 Central American
In 2018, the first stories of the Central American Ancestry project launched on this site. They captured untold stories and brief backgrounds of Central Americans in history and of the diaspora in California. The stories inspired us to build a library of biographies of historical importance and make them easily accessible online to learn about the many ways Central Americans have contributed to our society throughout history—the bios may be about known or unknown leaders and individuals whose achievements are being overlooked.
In 2021, the project has evolved into the 100 Central American Historical Biographies campaign. The goal is to complete 100 biographies over two years. And now, the project has a Fiscal Sponsor (Model A) to help provide financial and administration support.
The 100 Central American Historical Biographies is now a project of Empowerment Works, a 501(c)(3) Fiscal Sponsor, tax-exempt organization based in Santa Barbara, California. More on financial information here.
The candidate must be from Central America or have at least one parent from Central America.
It can be someone in your family, a neighbor, a co-worker, or an ancestor that you feel has played a significant, positive role in society.
It can be a less known historical figure from Central America; a writer, actor, poet, community leader, teacher, activist, sports figure.
Feel free to nominate a candidate and help us reach our goal. The nominated candidates will be reviewed and selected by an internal team.