Monday, September 2, 2019

New Book by Alberto O. Cappas, edited by Solomon Joseph
Following in the traditional message of:
 "Never Too Late to Make A U-Turn"

The Educational Pledge - Questions to Self-Development


“The pledge will deliver a special message to our youth, parents, teachers, educator, community leaders, civic and public officials. I wish I had this poem with me when I was young.”

 J. Enrique Rodriguez, Bronx, NY

‘Regarding youth training, I look forward to sharing the Educational Pledge   with others. I’m currently training a group of teachers in LSCL, so I will pass the information along.”

Mike Perry Garden Grove, CA

“I just wanted to compliment you on the wonderful and inspirational message (The Pledge). We need to keep re-enforcing positive thoughts to our young people, and this pledge hits the spot.”

Irma Thompson, NYC, NY

“As a parent, The Pledge is excellent, so real! I gave to my daughter and she framed it.”

Ilene Acevedo, Queens, NY


“I just wanted to say thanks for the beautiful work you do, particularly around children’s education. I’ve shared the pledge with many people, especially online.”

Raquel Rivera, Lower East Side, NY

“I have followed your career pursuits with interest in my own way only because you have demonstrated a never give up spirit. This is the attitude we must convey to our youth. I must save your pledge, and I will share with others on how to bring to life the words in your work.”

 Eric Toro, Bronx, NY

“I am emailing you because I am interested in including The Pledge in our PHIOTA Newspaper. Over 4,000 copies will be published, and we believe, that it will assist in giving exposure in the Latino community, as well as Colleges and Universities.”

Elizer Hernandez, National President, Phi lota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

“Your pledge is very inspiring to me as a youth development professional. I hope that it is reaching many youths and that they too are inspired by your work.”

 Frank Sanchez, Texas

“The Pledge is very powerful, very inspiring, and very through-provoking.”

Indhira Marichal, Albany, NY

“The Pledge provided me with the encouragement I much needed to continue with working with children. I am a Kindergarten public school teacher in the South Bronx.”

Carlos M. Lopez, Bronx, NY

“The pledge is a reflective tool to help anyone, both young and old. Give someone the gift of self-empowerment and elf-realization by sharing the questions and the ultimate answers that come with such quest. It is a life-time gift. It truly transcends generations. I encourage parents, educators, young people and everyone to share the book (Never too late to make a U-turn) with their friends and love ones. It is a conduit for personal growth.”

Angelica Aquino, Attorney, Washington Heights, NY.

“The Pledge is a must-read lesson for all. I truly recommend it. Mr. Cappas’ insightful and clear message is one that will motivate everyone to start “thinking creatively.”

Rafael Rodriguez, Queens, NY

“I send you a million thank you for providing me with your work. It brings many aspects of real life to my awareness. I have showed your work to my professor, and they too, have enjoyed it.”

Gabriel Vazquez, Brooklyn, NY

“I have just finished reading the Educational Pledge that was sent to me through the Phi lota Alpha Fraternity email system. We can never forget who we are, and we must never allow the youth to do that either.”

Michelle L. Moore-Diaz, Buffalo, NY

“I loved the pledge and think it creates a positive vision for our children, especially since it addresses the ‘understanding my cultural roots’, which I believe can give strength to many. Is this pledge in Spanish? I have many Spanish-speaking parents and students who can benefit from this message.”

Carmen S. Vasquez, Hosto Community College (CUNY)

“I pledge your pledge from my very soul. That is such an awesome poem! I love it.”

Chirindy, Phaedra

“It is an honor for me to include our Pledge in our publication. I am grateful that you took the time to write this Pledge. I strongly believe that our young people need words of encouragement, support and positive role models.”

Deyanira Barrios, President, National Latina Women’s League, Washington, DC

“Our schools are staffed with over 800 full-time Substance Abuse Prevention Intervention Specialists who provide services to all our students. I have asked the citywide director of these programs to share The Pledge with the directors of the community school district programs at their next meeting. I am sure that they will find it to be a valuable tool for use with our students.”

Francine B. Goldstein, NYC Board of Education, NYC, NY

“The Educational Pledge is highly recommended for adoption in our inner-city public schools in the interest of our children. The Pledge teaches the essential roles that values, and standards play in the planning of one’s successful journey in life.”

Editor, Latina Voices publication

“I found The Pledge to be inspirational for all children, not just those of Hispanic descent. Success is bound to follow increased knowledge, hard work, and understanding of self and appreciation of others.”

Lauren Bradway, Neptune Beach, Fl.

“The Pledge is a very deep poem and I am a true believer with what it says. I changed my life, once I met my father for the first time. My faith, my religion, and my whole way of life changed for the better. This Pledge is the true essence of what I am all about.”

Carlos Javier Jimenez Nieves, Brooklyn, NY

For information: / 646-248-2302

Monday, July 17, 2017


Dear Educators:

While I’ve published before, this is my first book of original quotes. I was provoked to write these quotes based on my interaction and personal experience with the public, especially with young people.

As a Puerto Rican poet, writer, publisher, and community activist, I’ve conducted numerous workshops and speaking engagements in the schools and in community settings. I’ve found that living-day-to-day, without any thoughts of tomorrow, or an understanding of their personal relationship to the universe, is the norm for many of our public-school students, as well as for parents and communities in urban settings.   

My book is a response to that condition, to provoke the mind, like jump-starting a car engine. 
It is an approach to influence our students to think in terms of conceptional systems, to see beyond the physical, with the goal and mission to recapture their abilities to think.  

It is a book for the teacher, for the counselor, for the family member, and for the community leader, to ignite the conversation with the quotes in the book, to begin to challenge and “provoke their minds.

I sincerely hope that I’m able to provoke you to review the book in the pages of your publication, social media, and to share with your contacts and educational institutions.  

It is a book that needs to reach the minds of our young people, to make a U-turn toward a new direction. 


Alberto O. Cappas

2nd Edition.... The Light Within: Passing the Torch!

by Alberto O. Cappas

This is the second edition of "Th Light Within."

It was first published in July of 2012, dedicated to our youth. It's a 28 page guide to self-development; it includes over 35 questions youth or young people should be asking themselves to find a successful balance in the world.

This book will be available in two weeks. You can get it in, or get a signed copy when you order directing from me. Send $10 payable to:

Alberto O. Cappas

PO Box 742, Station C
Buffalo, NY 14209

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

By Alberto O. Cappas


"I'm not Hispanic, because I'm not from Spain. I'm not Spanish,
but I do speak Spanish.
I'm Puerto Rican or Boricua, from the island of Borinquen,
the place you call Puerto Rico in the United States.”

If I had to choose between Hispanic and Latino, Latino is the choice. Latin American, South America, and Puerto Rico is the family tree -- all part of the diaspora."
I've noticed that Puerto Ricans in Buffalo, NY identify themselves as Hispanic, especially the leading Puerto Rican leaders and community organizations, which helps to perpetuate ignorance of our people and culture among our children, youth, and the outside community, and unfortunately, it’s the same in other parts of the state and country. Its not isolated to Buffalo alone.

If we keep this up, while the time you and I are gone, our people and culture will be erased from the minds of our next generation. Instead of saying, "I'm a proud Puerto Rican or Boricua, or a proud Puerto Rican American", they will say, "I'm a proud "Hispanic" with no clue to their culture or origin.

HISPANIC relates to Spain or to Spanish-speaking countries, especially those of Latin and South America.
LATINO is a person who was born or lives in South America, Central America, or Mexico, or a person in the U.S. whose family is originally from South America, Central America, or Mexico.

BORICUA comes from the Taíno name for Puerto Rico, Borikén. Boricuas were the natives who lived in what is known today as Puerto Rico (Borinquen). Boricua (Puerto Rican) means "Brave and noble lord". Borinquen means "Land of the brave and noble lords".

PUERTO RICANS often call the island Borinquen, a derivation of Borikén, its indigenous Taíno name, which means "Land of the Valiant Lord." The terms Boricua and Borincano derive from Borikén and Borinquen respectively, and are commonly used to identify someone of Puerto Rican heritage.

Finally, over 80% of the "Hispanic” population in Buffalo & Erie County are PUERTO RICANS. What good are you doing to our Puerto Rican children and youth when you neglect this fact.

Yes, we are Puerto Ricans, part of the Latino totem pole. When all together, we should celebrate as LATINOS, but not as HISPANICS.

If you want to give notice and pay respect to our Spanish-speaking brothers and sisters, let us use the term, "Puerto Rican & Latino (instead of Puerto Rican & Hispanic), which is more accurate, more factual, found in our Puerto Rican and Latino historical roots.

The year 1505 marked the year of Spanish colonization in Puerto Rico, claimed for Spain in 1493. The colonization continues today, but not by Spain, but by the USA, responsible for pushing “Hispanic Heritage Month”, and we felt into it, conditioned by American colonialization.

Yo soy Boricua, soy un Puertorriqueno, no soy hispano.

Feel free to submit your opinion or contribution to this subject matter. This is an issue we need to ignite and create general interest, especially among our young kids and children in the public-school system.
So, there you have it!  "Ay Bendito."

Note: Alberto O. Cappas, poet/writer, and Co-Chair, Puerto Rican Committee for Community Justice, and author of “To Think is to Grow, Quotes to provoke the Mind”, available this June 2017. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

English and Spanish Versions:

By Alberto O. Cappas

Images by Hafeesa Nettles, creator of the Doll, "FETA."

English: The Educational Pledge

 Espanol: La Promesa Educacional

The Work of Puerto Rican Poet/Writer Alberto O. Cappas: Books by Alberto O. Cappas

The Work of Puerto Rican Poet/Writer Alberto O. Cappas: Books by Alberto O. Cappas

Books by Alberto O. Cappas

All four (4) Books are available online, especially on and other Book outlets. For a personal and signed copy, send check payable to:

Alberto O. Cappas
PO Box 742, Station C
Buffalo, NY 14209

(*) Please add $3.00 to handle shipment and  delivery -- within two weeks of order. Please do not forget to specific which book you are ordering. If gift for someone, we will mail directly with your direction and message. 

(*) 1. To Think is to Grow, Quotes to Provoke the Mind (release in June 2017, published in 2017)

(*) 2. Never too late to make a U-Turn: An Educational Pledge & 15 Questions to Self-Development, $12.00
(published in 2005)

(*) 3. Lessons for Myself, getting out the Box, $12.00
(published in 207)

(*) 4. Dona Julia: A Collection of Published Poems
(Second printing, 2008)

From the back cover of "To Think is to Grow"

The Rooster and the Child

From a private Collection....

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Support the Black and Latino Arts

Support our Black and Latino Poets/Writers/Artists/Illustrators Community
By Supporting Black and Latino Arts, you're supporting yourself!


Alberto is a published poet, and author of several books of poems, including a self-help book,"Never too late to make a U-turn: An Educational Pledge and 15 Questions to Self-Development", and Dona Julia: A Collection of Published Poems." 

Alberto was the student leader that led to the development Puerto Rican Studies at SUNYAB, in 1971; during that same period, he was a member of the Attica Observers Committee, a group that was invited by the Attica Prison inmates to negotiate with Governor Nelson Rockefeller during the Attica Prison uprising.

Alberto will release his new book, "TO THINK IS TO GROW", a book of his 65 original quotes, provoking the young Mind to think, observe, analyze, and to begin looking at the world around him or her.

An excellent tool for the public schools.

Alberto lived in the Lower East Side and East Harlem until 2010. He now lives in Buffalo, NY, but continues his NYC involvement with several projects.

Day of the Child

The Educational Pledge of Allegiance

by Alberto O. Cappas

The Thinking Board

THE THINKING BOARD,  by Alberto O. Cappas

The Thinking Board, created by Alberto O. Cappas, will be available in Mouse Pad and Refrigerator Magnet. An excellent educational tool for the school system.  

To start, in a classroom setting, select a word and begin a discussion of the meaning, as well as see if it connects with any of the other words on the Thinking Board. Will keep you posted when available..... 



The new release of the author's first book of 65 quotes, "To Think is to Grow", a book to provoke the young Mind. Available in June 2017 at and other book outlets. Some of the quotes have become very popular with people on social media, including Facebook. An excellent book for teachers, counselors and youth groups. 

To get your own personal and signed copy, send $15 payable to:

Alberto O. Cappas
PO Box 742, Station C,
Buffalo, NY 14209. 

Delivered within 1-2 Weeks.

Book is also available in 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Educational Pledge of Allegiance Gift Bag

Designed for students, parents and schools;
also excellent resource for juvenile correctional facilities.....

The Work of Alberto O. Cappas