LEOMINSTER — For his contributions to the community, Miguel “Mickey” Guzman was recently honored with a 2022 Latinx Excellence on the Hill Award by the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus.
Guzman, the elders program and information and referral specialist at the Spanish American Center has been serving the community for over 27 years. He was born in New York City to Puerto Rican parents and attended college at 17 on a handball scholarship. At Lake Forest College in Illinois, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in bilingual education with a minor in psychology, according to a press release.
He was recommended for the honor by state Rep. Natalie Higgins, which he shares with 41 other Latinx persons across the state who have made outstanding contributions in their communities.
Guzman has four children — Mikey, Jessica, Danny and Amanda — and he loves to play music with them in their family band, Fa’Unida.
“Mickey has continuously given back to the community, not only through his work at the Spanish American Center, but he also coaches basketball, baseball and track and field. He has been leading critical community discussions as a part of the Montachusett Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition,” Higgins said in her nomination. “Mickey has given so much of himself to Leominster and our surrounding community. We are stronger because of his tireless advocacy for our neighbors and our region.”
Neddy Latimer, the executive director of the Spanish American Center, said, “Here at the SAC we are very proud of Mickey been nominated and receiving this recognition. We celebrate, he is a true Leader and example to the Latinx community.”
“I am honored to receive this prestigious award, especially during this year’s Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month,” Guzman said in a press release. “I have been a community services worker for over 40 years, the last 27 years at the Spanish American Center and take pride in helping others. I am strengthened and empowered to continue my community services whenever I see a client or his/her child or grandchild who recognizes me and thanks me for the services I provided to his/her family. That ‘THANK YOU’ is priceless!”
Through the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus, each 2022 Latinx trailblazer was nominated by legislators of the House and Senate and has demonstrated exceptional leadership and served as powerful reminders that leadership means a dedicated investment in the power of community.
The MBLLC was created in 1973, with the intent to be a leading voice on Beacon Hill for communities of color across Massachusetts. They also seek to empower constituents to gain a deeper sense of political awareness on issues concerning them and their greater communities.