APB's Sonia Manzano to Introduce Honoree "Sesame Street" at the Kennedy Center Honors
26 Nov 2019
The 42nd annual Kennedy Center Honors are set to take place at the Kennedy Center Opera House on December 8th. This year’s showcase marks the first time a television program will receive an award, with Sesame Street being honored as the iconic cultural institution that it is. APB’s Sonia Manzano, known for her longtime role as “Maria” on Sesame Street, is set to introduce the co-founders of the program who will be accepting the award. Manzano, who won many Emmy Awards as part of the Sesame Street writing team, is a core part of the show’s legacy.
Named among the “25 Greatest Latino Role Models Ever” by Latina Magazine, Manzano played one of the first big roles for a LatinX character on national television when she became "Maria" on Sesame Street. Since her legendary tenure on Sesame Street, Manzano has seamlessly transitioned into advocacy work and writing, becoming a crucial voice for education and literacy, as well as a beloved children’s book author. Infusing humor and charm into her presentations, she inspires audiences with her passion, strength and insight into success. Whether speaking out for literacy, diversity, or addressing the issues children face in our media-saturated life, she is a familiar, engaging voice that brings new light to our lives.