Legacy for Children Award

The Legacy for Children Award honors an individual or organization whose legacy has significantly benefited the learning and lives of children.


Friday, May 19, 2017

McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, Grand Ballroom

Sonia Manzano


Sonia Manzano, a first-generation American of Latino descent, has affected the lives of millions of parents and children. An award winning children’s television writer, actor and author, she is best known for her 44 years as Maria on Sesame Street. Ms. Manzano has 15 Emmy Awards as a writer for Sesame Street and received a 2016 Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award. She has authored 3 children’s picture books, A Box Full of Kittens, No Dogs Allowed! and Miracle on 133rd Street as well as 2 books for young adults, The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano and Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx (her memoir.)

The Legacy for Children Award supports CDM’s hands-on educational exhibits, in-depth programming, and cultural events, all of which have a strong emphasis on diversity and inclusion, designed to give our community’s children the tools that will help them develop into the talented, creative and diverse workforce of tomorrow. The Museum’s Open Door Policy ensures that all children, regardless of their family’s income, have access to its unique learning experiences.

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Enjoy photos from last year’s event.

Legacy Award 2016


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