This is part of a compensated campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Ford. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
Last week, I shared with you my family’s story and a piece of our heritage. Also, if you caught me on twitter, you followed along as I watched the great documentary on PBS sponsored by Ford called “Latino Americans.” I watched in awe and disbelief at everything that Latinos have gone through to get to where we are today.
From having rent parties, to ousted war heroes, to discrimination, our history is brutal but the battle keeps going strong. This week’s airing (which is tonight at 8pm PST!!) focuses on:
“Pride and Prejudice” (1965-1980), tells the story of “Chicano Movement” in the late 1960’s. These activists pushed for better education opportunities for Latinos, and empowerment in the political process.
“Peril and Promise” (1980-2000), takes viewers through the past 30 years. Enlightening the many Cubans, Salvadorans, Nicaraguans and Guatemalans fleeing civil wars in their own countries arriving in a new land, transforming the United States along the way. The debate of undocumented immigrants and branding them as felons, English only laws will be some of the topics brought up in this series. At the same time we have many Latinos influencing music, sports, media, politics and entertainment business.
As a half chicana myself, I am especially interested in this one. This is the time my family also came to the states, so I’ll be calling my mom after and asking her about growing up in this time. The 2nd part of the segment is probably the part I remember the most of since I have lived it, and am still living it. It’s also the part my daughter will begin to remember her Latin history with cause that is where her story begins.
I am so glad that Ford is sponsoring this and that PBS is airing it. It’s so important to remember where we came from and educate those that will lead where we will go. To learn more about Ford’s commitment to Latinos and their partnership with PBS and Hispanic Heritage month, check them out on Facebook or Twitter.