Growing up in the 1950s in New York City was tough for Elaine Soto. Being Puerto Rican, she encountered racism and prejudice.
She didn’t see a whole lot of positive things being associated with her culture. Art, however, showed her a far different picture.
She was introduced to the Black Madonna when she selected her confirmation name, Monserrate, which came from the Virgin of Montserrat, statue of the Virgin Mary and a miracle working Black Madonna from Puerto Rico.