With Valentine's Day right around the corner, I wanted to highlight some of the Latino super couples. This article isn't going to be about some of the current couples that dominate the headlines. Although those couples are awesome in their own right, I wanted to take a look at the couples that really went through it. Couples that lasted decades; that are musical royalty; that were revolutionaries; couples that can make even the iciest heart believe in love. Let's take a look at 5 of my favorites:
A Queen and her King
Celia Cruz, the Queen of Salsa, met her husband, Pedro Knight, a trumpet player, when she joined the band La Sonora Matancera in Havana in 1950. After many years of friendship, Pedro revealed his feelings for Celia; but in true Chingona fashion she let him know that she wouldn't date a musician because they have too many women. But, much to his credit, he never gave up, and they were finally married in 1962.
Throughout their marriage, the two were almost inseparable. Pedro was always seen holding her hand, and opening doors for her. He has been quoted saying, "Celia was the most special woman in the world." The two remained married for 41 years until Celia's death in 2003. Pedro did not marry again, and reportedly his health declined rapidly following Celia's death. He died a few years later in 2007, and I have no doubt they are together again. Azucar!
Warriors for the People
Cesar Chavez is a name that is synonymous with farm workers rights and the Chicano movement, but what many people don't realize is that his wife, Helen Chavez was right by his side for all of it. Not only was she by his side, but she was raising their 8 children alone whenever Cesar was called away for speaking engagements across the United States. They were married in 1948, and although Helen chose not to a vocal part of the movement, she nonetheless was an integral part of the organization. Let's face it, even if she only focused on raising their 8 children, THAT would have been more than enough, but she was a force within the movement that she helped create. Helen and Cesar were married until his death in 1993; and even after his death, Helen continued to make public appearances to honor Cesar and their cause. Si Se Puede!