Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Charlie Quiroz, St. Paul, a dancer with Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc. Photo by Shelley Hawes for the State of Minnesota.
St. Cloud State's observance of Chicana/o Month includes discussion panels, a film, dance, food, poetry, a workshop and more.
April is the month students, staff and faculty celebrate more than 400 years of contributions to American life by people of Mexican American ancestry, including many descended from the Aztec peoples of central Mexico.
This year's observance honors revolutionary struggles in Mexican-American communities with the theme “La Revolución.”
Parking is free on streets adjacent to campus and a dollar per hour in the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp.
Highlights include the 12 p.m. April 4 opening ceremony featuring the Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc dance group and the 8 p.m. April 13 Poetry Night in the Quarry.
The opening ceremony will include the dedication of a display case that commemorates the 1995 Hunger Strike at St. Cloud State, which advanced the condition of students, staff and faculty of color. View the hunger strike's 13 demands (PDF).
Beginning in the 16th century, people of mixed Indigenous and European ancestry helped forge the new nation that became the United States, moving geographically northward and socioeconomically upward.
Today, Chicago -- more than 1,500 miles from the Rio Grande -- has the second-largest Mexican American population of any U.S. city.
Notable Mexican Americans include Ken Salazar (Secretary of the Interior), Sandra Cisneros (writer), Delores Huerta (activist and organizer), Judy Baca (artist), Robert Rodríguez (film director), Richard E. Cavazos (retired four-star general), Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa (Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon), Rosa Gumataotao Rios (Treasurer of the United States) and Eva Longoria (actor).
Chicana/o Month is sponsored by Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (M.E.Ch.A.). The opening ceremony is co-sponsored by Multicultural Student Services.
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