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Raíces: Jaime Kerns and Shadrina Booker

Latin Festival at Chattanooga State, a Culture Chatt event.
Culture Chatt
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Latin Festival at Chattanooga State, a Culture Chatt event.

Jaime Kerns is an educator and one of the co-founders of the nonprofit Culture Chatt.

Shadrina Booker is chief development and marketing officer at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga.

They are among the voices from the Latino community in this city that we are sharing with you on “Scenic Roots” for this Hispanic Heritage Month, in a series of conversations in collaboration with La Paz Chattanooga: a series of conversations we call “Raíces” - or “Roots” in Spanish.

Jaime Kerns
Jaime Kerns
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Jaime Kerns
Shadrina Booker
Latina Professionals of Chattanooga
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Shadrina Booker

Our thanks to Lily Sanchez at La Paz Chattanooga for bringing us together for these “Raíces” conversations.

We’ll bring you the rest of our conversations in the rest of October.

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