In 1924, Albizu Campos became the first
Vice-President of the
Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico. In September 6, 1925, the Nationalist
Party commisioned him to visit Latin America. The purpose of this trip
was to visit all countries whose ideals reflected nationalistic goals
and gain support for the independence of Puerto Rico. Since the
Nationalist Party did not have the funds to cover the expenses of the
trip, Albizu sold his home and all his belongings to finance the trip.
He also gave up his law practice and sent his wife and children to
Peru. It was not until June 20, 1927 that he finally able to embark on
fact finding mission.
He first visited the Dominican Republic, then Haiti, Cuba, Mexico,
Panama, Peru and Venezuela. The topic of his conferences and
workshops centered around the impact of the "Yanqui" exploitation
of Puerto Rico. Albizu Campos returned to Puerto Rico with his family
on January 4, 1930. He went to reside in El Barrio Villa Palmeras in
Santurce. As a result of his trip and profound intelligence, Campos
gained popularity. In March of 1930, Campos was honored at the
Palaces Hotel in San Juan. He was named the "Man of the Year"
for being the most distinguished Puerto Rican of his time by the
Cultural Law Society of the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras.
One of the most emotional honors for Pedro Albizu Campos was
bestowed on him March 22, 1930 at the Tapia Theatre in San Juan.
It was an approved resolution, proclaiming him "Fraternal Friend and
Puerto Rican Scholar."
On May 11, 1930, Albizu was elected President of the Nationalist
Party of Puerto Rico by secret ballot and election. This action was
historical because the most, honored, respected, distinguished and
decorated Puerto Rican on the island had just taken command of the
Nationalist Party-the first patriotic movement that guarded the country.
The path commences to form as the most legendary public revoloutionary
tok charge. As an orator, his words producd an awakening in the
youth and the masses, especially among the intellectuals, writers,
artists, feminist, professionals and workers. Many voices and
hands began to speak and write echoing Albizu Campos ideologies
Albizu Campos redefined nationalism and patriotism. He called for
all to break away fromthe nationalistic feeling to Americca and to
direct new feelings and committment to Puerto Rico. He urged