LATINOPIA HERO MAGGIE RIVAS-RODRÍGUEZ

In 1999,  Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodríguez began an awesome undertaking–to document the lives and stories of Latino veterans of World War II (later her efforts would also include the Korean and Viet Nam wars). Working out of the University of Texas at Austin’s Journalism Department, she created the VOCES project which undertakes video interviews of Latino war veterans. To date, her efforts have resulted in more than 800 interviews. Latinopia recognizes Dr.Rivas-Rodríguez for her pioneering efforts to preserve the unknown history of our Latino war veterans. In this interview she explains how the VOCES project had its roots way back in 1993, when she was writing a newspaper article on the founding of the Mexican American Legal and Educational Fund (MALDEF).

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