Pedro Albizu Campos is the central figure in the history of the Puerto Rican independence movement.
Don Pedro graduated from Harvard University and Harvard Law School (the first Puerto Rican to graduate from both) and became the president of the Nationalist Party.
After leading an island-wide agricultural strike in the mid 1930s, he was jailed in 1936 on the same charges as Oscar López Rivera: “seditious conspiracy to overthrow the US government.”
Don Pedro spent most of his adult life in jail, and was tortured in prison.
His name belongs in the pantheon of freedom: along with Simón Bolívar, José Martí, Mahatma Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela.
This enduring image of Don Pedro, showing his passion and commitment, was taken during one of his speeches: