ONLINE: Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition with David E. Hayes-Bautista


Presented by David E. Hayes-Bautista, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Director, Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at UCLA.

The Cinco de Mayo holiday was born in California 159 years ago as a celebration of a victory by forces upholding democratic government and full
citizenship for persons of all races/ethnicities—the same values that form the foundation of today’s cry for social justice. Bearing the flags of the U.S. and Mexico, California’s Latinos in 1862 proudly made their voices heard with speeches, parades, and toasts, to let the world know where they stood on the issues of the U.S. Civil War, as well as the French invasion of Mexico:
• Latinos opposed slavery and supported its abolition.
• Latinos opposed white supremacy and supported racial equality.
• Latinos opposed elitist rule and supported democracy.

This year, more than ever, the world needs to know the true story of the Cinco de Mayo and how the values of this holiday, then as now, support racial and full democracy.
Ticketed Event: Member $5 | General $10 | A Zoom link will be provided to participants for a one-time showing at designated time only.

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May 5, 2021 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


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