Preview of Episode 3: War and Peace
Service during the war allows Latinos to make unprecedented gains in civil rights but the journey is far from over.
RAMON DEL CASTILLO Professor and Chair of the Chicana/o Studies Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Ramon del Castillo is also an activist and poet. Here, he recites his poem, Take Me Back to Aztlan. Aztlan is a term used to descibe both the territory that Mexico lost to the United States in 1848 as a consequence of the Mexican-American War, and the need to preserve the original Mexican culture of those lands.
Actress, vocalist and on-air host at Denver public radio station KUVO, Debra Gallegos talks (and sings!) about the tradition of serenading friends and loved ones on their birthday with the song Las Mañanitas.
Actress Rita Moreno talks about her experience during the filming of West Side Story and the prejudices she faced in Hollywood. Moreno is the only Hispanic and one of the few performers to have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony, and was the second Puerto Rican to win an Academy Award.
Interested in seeing more? You can view all of the Latino Americans video previews here.
We want to hear from you, Colorado!
Become a part of the LATINO AMERICANS project. This landmark six-hour documentary premieres on Rocky Mountain PBS in September 2013 and features interviews with nearly 100 Latinos and more than 500 years of history.
We've teamed up with KUVO to capture local stories and highlight Colorado's rich cultural history. Join the project by making a video describing what being Latino means to you: share your family traditions, tell us how you celebrate your heritage and culture or let us know about your role models.
Share your video story below, or contact Denise Meny if you'd like to have your story recorded and aired on KUVO public radio.