Martín Espada is an award-winning poet, essayist, and attorney who has dedicated much of his career to the pursuit of social justice and Latino rights. His critically acclaimed poetry celebrates—and laments—the immigrant and working class experience. Espada reads poems inspired by his father, Frank Espada, whose photographs are featured in Down These Mean Streets. Award-winning DC based poets Naomi Ayala and Sami Miranda join Espada to read from their work in the context of the exhibition. Support for this program comes from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center; additional support provided by Letras Latinas, a literary initiative of the University of Notre Dame.