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Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month

Sept 15 – Oct 15

Join us during Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month for a wide-ranging exploration of history and cultural heritage generously shared with the public by PBS. Below are just a few highlights of the stories we’re enjoying right now.

Jovita Idar: Educator, Activist and Journalist – 1885-1946

“If you educate a woman, you educate a family.”

As a young woman she advocated for women’s right to vote and participate in the economy. At age 29 she wrote an article for El Progresso protesting US intervention in the Mexican Revolution. The newspaper operation was destroyed, but her journey continued. She served as a nurse in the White Cross. Two years later (1916) she founded her own independent newspaper, Evolución. She opened a free nursery school. She assisted undocumented workers in obtaining their Naturalization papers after the US Border Patrol was created. Her story is narrated by Maria Hinojosa, Anchor and Executive Producer of Latino USA, a trailblazer herself in her roles with NPR, CNN and PBS. (Illustration: Unladylike2020)

Jovita Idar: Mexican American Activist and Journalist

Jose Hernandez: Engineer and NASA Astronaut

“…we have to give thanks to our ancestors who had the courage to cross the Atlantic Ocean and find a new world…who pressed down the west and across the plains to make a better life for themselves and for us now…we owe that to our future generations…”

His story, a long journey of faith in a dream, hard work and tenacity, from migrant farm worker to Lawrence Livermore Labs engineer to NASA astronaut, and a family man whose family believed in him. He was selected for the NASA astronaut training program in 2004 and joined a mission to space (STS-128 Discovery) in 2009.

Reaching for the Stars: The Jose Hernandez Story

María and Mar Cruz: Bomba Dance

“I feel as if the drums are asking me to the dance floor. It’s the ancestors nearby sending you that vibe. If a little girl watches my dancing, I can only hope to inspire her to search for her roots.”

An inspiring look at the art of Bomba dance in Puerto Rico and its roots in Africa. Characterized by incredible rhythm of the dancer in a kind of conversation with drums, storytelling through song, laced with the Taino indigenous influence of maraca and cuá. A beautiful tradition preserving the expression of freedom from oppression and slavery.

If Cities Could Dance, San Juan Bomba

Amalia Moreno-Damgaard, Chef

“When I left Guatemala I lost part of myself. Sharing recipes allows me to share culture, history and of course, delicious food; fostering tradition. I don’t want those traditions to go away.”

Learn how to make mouth-watering mole de plátano with Guatemalan chef Amalia Moreno-Damgaard and RELISH host, Yia Vang. In this video, Amalia and Yia blend culinary art with geography, sociology and ancient history. Recipe ingredients are inspired by ancient plants and spices used by the Mayan civilization as early as 2000 B.C. Grab your ingredients and head for the kitchen so you can make mole, Guatemalan style, step by step with a master chef!

RELISH: Mole de Plátano (from TPT Originals)



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