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Mexicana/Chicana Activism and Leadership in the Rio Grande Valley


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EDINBURG, Texas — The Museum of South Texas History invites the community to a roundtable 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.

About Museum of South Texas History

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The Museum of South Texas History is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It is located downtown Edinburg at 200 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square. Hours of operation are Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Founded in 1967 as the Hidalgo County Historical Museum in the 1910 Hidalgo County Jail, the museum has grown over the decades through a series of expansions to occupy a full city block. In 2003, following the completion of a 22,500 square foot expansion, the museum was renamed the Museum of South Texas History to better reflect its regional scope. Today, the museum preserves and presents the borderland heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico through its permanent collection and the Margaret H. McAllen Memorial Archives and exhibits spanning prehistory through the 20th century. For more information about MOSTHistory, including becoming a FRIEND, visitMOSTHistory.org, like us on Facebook and Instagram, follow on Twitter, find on YouTube or call +1-956-383-6911.

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