It conspires against the cause of the true patriot; it denies
men and women of a superior metality a chance to develop these
faculties. That is why the colonialist places restrictions on all activities
for advancement. It does this in order to dominate and keep the land
being dominated under total control."
Don Pedro Albizu Campos was born on June 29, 1891 in Barrios
Tenerias, a rural area in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He completed his
elementary and secondary education in the public schools of Juana
Diaz and Ponce. It was while in high school that his love for Puerto
"As a child," Albizu Campos stated, "I felt every man and woman must
be free." Campos, being a humble man, decided to embark unto a
path that would open his horizons and that would equip him with the
knowledge to fufill his desire and dream for freedom, to help bring
back to every man and woman's conscience to the calling of
patriotism and dignity.
For his exceptional excellence in High School, the Logia Auraro of
Ponce, Puerto Rico, secured a scholarship for him to continue his
studies at the University of Vermont where he started his studies in
Engineering in 1912.
Once again, Albizu demonstrated superior intelligence and excellence
in his academic studies. He was given a scholarship to continue his
studies at Harvard University in 1913. At Harvard, he recieved
degrees in Chemical Engeneering,Pjilosophy and Letters, Military
Sciences and a Law Degree from Harvard Law School.
During World War I, Albizu Campos served as a First Lieutenant in the
Infantry Division of the United Staes Army the first and only Puerto
Rican who was a specialist in modern formations (Military Sciences).
In addition to speaking Spanish and English, Pedro Alibizu Campos
was fluent in French, German, Portuguese and Italian. He also
possessed a soild knowledge in the mother tounges, Greek And Latin.
Although Campos had experienced profound racial prejudices
against him, he was still given distinguished honors. When the world
reknown poet, Rabindranath Tagore, visited Harvard, it was Tagore
who requested that Pedro Albizo Campos give the salutation speech
at the reception given in Tagore's honor.