Puerto Rican Afro-descendant Woman Dominga de la Cruz Becerril
Dominga de la Cruz Becerril (1909-1981)
Her husband was an ironmonger and spent a lot of time away from home until one day, he finally left forever, leaving Dominga alone with the responsibility of raising their two girls. To appease her daughters' hunger, she breastfed each for over two years. There was not enough money, and unfortunately, she saw them die of rickets. After her girls died, Dominga found a job as a reader in a tobacco shop in Mayagüez.
She began her political career in the Nationalist Party, a political group with which she identified coming from a background of precariousness. In 1932, due to her outstanding work in the party, she was appointed director of the Women's Section of the Nationalist Junta of Mayagüez. De la Cruz Becerril continued to work for the progress of the party until the Ponce Massacre, where, despite seeing 19 fallen nationalists, she raised the bloodied flag of Puerto Rico high and said: "Because Don Pedro -in reference to Pedro Albizu Campos - taught us that the flag should never touch the ground."