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Sunday Speaker Series: Mexicana/Chicana Activism and Leadership in the Rio Grande Valley
March 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Museum of South Texas History invites the community to a round table discussion with La Union del Pueblo Entero’s (LUPE) organizational leaders Juanita Valdéz-Cox, Tania Chávez, and Martha Sánchez, on March 1 at 2 P. M. in the Courtyard Gallery. The panel will discuss LUPE’s history of activist work relative to immigration, education, health, infrastructure and other issues to improve conditions for families and communities in the RGV.
LUPE is a community organization founded in 1989 in California by César Chávez as an extension of the United Farm Workers (UFW) to address issues affecting migrant farm working families and communities. LUPE’s San Juan, Texas location was established in 2003 to provide services related to labor, colonia infrastructure, and immigration.
Maritza De La Trinidad, an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Mexican American Studies at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, will provide historical context to situate community activism as an important South Texas process. Dr. De la Trinidad teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Mexican American Studies. Her research examines educational policies, practices and programs that have shaped Mexican American schooling in the Southwest and the history of bilingual education, educational segregation, desegregation lawsuits, civil rights, educational activism and Chicana activism and leadership.
The Museum of South Texas History’s Sunday Speaker Series is included in the fee for regular museum admission. FRIENDS of Museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship, when they present their FRIENDship card at the Admissions Desk.
This program is made possible by the generous support from the Carmen C. Guerra Endowment. Mrs. Guerra was committed to educational causes in the Rio Grande Valley. This named endowment was created by her family to honor her memory and to continue providing educational opportunities for the community.