High honor planned for 'salsa' queen

Aug. 8, 2003 at 12:20 PM

MIAMI, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Cuban music legend Celia Cruz, the "queen of salsa," could be the first Hispanic woman to receive one of the nation's highest civilian honors.

In September, Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Bob Menendez will introduce a resolution to the House of Representatives to posthumously award Cruz the Congressional Gold Medal, the Miami Herald reported.

"Although she was a superstar, she was giving and compassionate," said Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican from Miami. "She's transcended so many cultural and ethnic lines that she's well deserving of the award."

Cruz, who died in July of brain cancer, would join the ranks of the 300 entertainers, heroes, inventors, humanitarians and war heroes awarded the medal if the resolution is passed.

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