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Estell Williams, MD, assistant professor of Surgery, and Edwin Lindo, JD, assistant dean for Social and Health Justice, received the 2021 Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Award from El Centro de la Raza.


​Together, Williams and Lindo co-founded Estelita’s Library, a community library and bookstore with a focus on social justice, ethnic studies and liberation movements. Estelita Library’s goal is to have community book talks, classes, meetings, history lessons and much more to strengthen and develop our collective analysis for justice. Estelita’s Library’s model is to build upon the traditional bookstore model and includes community book lending. The space and books are open to everyone, at no charge.


The annual Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Award recognizes two individuals who exemplify Building the Beloved Community through multiracial unity and working to eliminate poverty, racism and social inequity.