Table of Contents 15.2 Latinos

Download the full pdf. Vol. 15, No. 2 (Spring 2018) Letter from the Editor by Debbie Z. Harwell 2 El Club Cultural Recreativo México Bello: Raza, Patria, e Idioma By Adriana Castro 8 Yolanda Black Navarro: East End Reina By Denise Gomez 13 Laying the Groundwork: Gracie Saenz’s Life of Public Service By Stephanie Gomez […]

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Table of Contents Latinos 15.2

Download the full pdf. Vol. 15, No. 2 (Spring 2018) Letter from the Editor by Debbie Z. Harwell 2 El Club Cultural Recreativo Mexico Bello: Raza, Patria, e Idioma By Adriana Castro 8 Yolanda Black Navarro: East End Reina By Denise Gomez 13 Laying the Groundwork: Gracie Saenz’s Life of Public Service By Stephanie Gomez […]

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Letter from the Editor

What is Houston’s DNA? By Debbie Z. Harwell “Discover your ethnic origins,” find the “source of your greatness,” trace your “health, traits, and ancestry,” and “amaze yourself…find new relatives.” Ads proliferate from companies like AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and MyHeritage enticing us to learn more about who we really are. People who send a saliva sample for […]

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El Club Cultural Recreativo México Bello

Founded in 1924, El Club Cultural Recreativo México Bello became a model for many local Mexican American organizations. Still operating today, it reached success and notoriety among Houstonians by creating a familiar environment for Mexican immigrants–a home away from home–and introducing Mexican culture to non-Mexicans. In the process, it made a lasting imprint on Houston’s […]

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Yolanda Black Navarro: East End Reina

  by Denise Gomez A small red building stands out on Navigation Boulevard, luring customers inside with the mouthwatering scent of freshly cooked tortillas. Upon entering, the restaurant’s loyal customers see red and white walls decorated with honors and recognitions, one of Houston’s best menus, and, usually, a line. The family-owned restaurant Villa Arcos was […]

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Gracie Saenz’s Life of Public Service

Although Houston is celebrated as one of the nation’s most diverse cities, it was largely segregated with little intersection across race and ethnicity into the mid-twentieth century. Mexicans and Mexican Americans settled initially in Second Ward, but, as their numbers grew, they moved into First, Sixth, and parts of Fifth Ward, as well as Magnolia […]

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El Programa Bracero

“You never forget the Bracero experience,” former bracero Aurelio Marin commented, perfectly summarizing the triumphs, tribulations, and turbulence of America’s highly-controversial and highly-impactful Mexican Farm Labor Program Program, commonly known as the Bracero Program, which started in 1942 to supply able-bodied Mexican laborers to U.S. industries suffering shortages at the outset of World War II. […]

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Hispanic Women in Leadership

Mujeres Unidas, Taking the Initiative: The First Decade of Hispanic Women in Leadership By Christian Kelleher On March 11-13, 1988, about 200 women attended the YWCA Hispanic Women’s Leadership in Houston Texas, “Celebrating Excellence.” It had been ten years since the last of such conference. Soon after, twenty of those women, inspired by their experience […]

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