In Atlanta and around the United States, the legend of 'Queen of Salsa' is as strong as ever.
For many, Celia Cruz is a timeless legend with one of music history's most unique voices.
Linda Becquer-Pritchett of South Fulton refers to herself as "tía."
As Cruz's record sales approached and eventually exceeded 10 million, the accolades multiplied.
There were Grammy Awards, which included a lifetime achievement award.
There came the Smithsonian display, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and President Bill Clinton bestowing the National Medal of Arts.
Later this year, a joyful image of Cruz will appear on a special edition of the United States quarter.
When Becquer-Pritchett thinks about her aunt, the most distinct recollection is how she made others feel, particularly members of the Afro-Latino community, which has long struggle
"She gave our community, the Afro-Latino community, a sense of pride," Becquer-Pritchett explained.
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