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Allentown hosts 5th Pa. Latino Convention

The 2022 Pennsylvania Latino Convention kicks off in Allentown this evening with a faith-based opening ceremony and continues with a full slate Thursday and Friday.

Among the panels and workshops are sessions on health, education, entrepreneurship and workforce development. The convention concludes Saturday morning.

For the event program, click here; for registration, click here.

The chairman and organizer is Norman Bristol Colon of Lancaster, chief diversity officer in the state Department of Community & Economic Development. The first convention took place in 2018 at the Lancaster County Convention Center.

Hispanics are the largest minority ethnic group in the U.S., accounting for more than 18% of the population. Lancaster County’s Hispanic population grew by 36% between 2010 and 2020. Latinos now account for nearly 40% of Lancaster city’s population and 11.5% of Lancaster County as a whole.