Mexican American Studies Day Commemorated Across Texas

Just in Time to Explain Cinco De Mayo

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 4/13/2015, 9:13 a.m.
More people in the U.S. than in Mexico celebrate Cinco De Mayo. Yet, most people don't really know what it's ...
Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante, founder of Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say

More people in the U.S. than in Mexico celebrate Cinco De Mayo; yet, most don't really know what it's about. That's why Mexican-American Studies Day is here to save the day and raise awareness.

Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante, founder of Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say, states, "If more people took Mexican-American Studies (MAS) courses, they would know that Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexican Independence Day. There would be more understanding in regard to the cultural context of May 5. That's the purpose of Mexican-American Studies Day, to raise awareness about the largest growing demographic in Texas."

State-Wide Proclamation, Friday, May 1, 2015

Who: Senator Sylvia Garcia. Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante Director of Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say, and supporters

What: Texas Proclamation of Mexican American Studies Day, May 1, 2015

When: Friday, May 1, 2015, 10 am

Where: Texas Capitol Senate Floor to be followed by a MAS Rally on the Capitol Steps in Austin, Texas.

Why: Cinco de Mayo is the perfect for metaphor for the Mexican American condition. People have heard of us but don't exactly know what we are about. MAS DAY will help spread understanding.

Houston has confirmed a city-wide proclamation of Mexican American Studies Day, May 1, 2015.

The Houston rally for MAS Day will take place at Austin High School, currently the only HISD high school teaching Mexican American Studies (MAS). HISD Board of Trustee member Juliet Stipeche will announce that the Houston Independent School District has approved a MAS special topics course that can be taught at any high school in the district.

Houston Proclamation of MAS DAY

Who: Austin High School MAS Students, HISD Board of Trustee Juliet Stipeche, Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante, Director of Nuestra Palabra, and supporters.

What: Houston Commemoration of Mexican American Studies Day

When: Friday, May 1, 2015, 3 PM.

Where: Austin High School, 1700 Dumble St, Houston, TX 77023

Why: Recent reports prove that students who enrolled in Mexican American Studies courses graduated at higher rates than those who did not. MAS Students also passed standardized Math and English Tests at higher rates then non-MAS students.

For more information, visit www.tonydiaz.net/