THIS WEEK ON LATINOPIA: RICARDO ROMO ON THE LATINO LEGACY OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR., SALOMON BALDENEGRO ON “DRAFT BOARDS,” JOSÉ M. UMPIERRE ON THE PUERTO RICAN EARTHQUAKES, MARÍA JIMÉNEZ HENLEY ON “WEST SIDE STORY,” AND OLMECA “RAISE YOUR HANDS.”
This week we celebrate Dr. Martin Luthur King, Jr. with a look at his influence on Latinos. Check out Ricardo Romo’s insightful look at how a key Latino organization, The Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF), was inspired by the work of MLK. Also this week, Sal Baldenegro returns with this Political Salsa y Más blog. This week he looks at draft boards and the key role they have played in the lives of hundreds of thousands of Mexican Americans and other Latinos.
And just when Puerto Rico was recovering from the disastrous hurricanes, it was hit last week with a series of earthquakes. El Zocotroco, our ever vigilant purveyor of Puerto Rican life, however, finds that it is not the natural disasters that boricuas should be wary of, he argues that the really worse disasters to hit the island of Puerto Rio are all man-made. Watchalo!
Also this week we reprise dancer and associate director María Jiménez Henley’s memories of her work as a young woman on the set of the classic American film Westside Story. You must not miss this amazing story. check it out!
Enjoy your week on Latinopia.