From Our Editors
Everyone who knew José Ruiz knew him as a man of many facets. He was a great supporter of the arts, a social activist, a music-lover whose life was filled with the sounds of cumbia, mariachi, bachata, and merengue; and a civic leader who held such positions as Director of the Governor Commission on Hispanic Affairs. He founded Baltimore's Latino Fest in 1980, which reflects the arts, music, and traditions of Latin America. Ruiz may have passed away in 2006, but his dream lives on in this annual festival celebrating the city's diverse Latino community.