LATINO AMERICANS "Prejudice and Pride" & "Peril and Promise"

LATINO AMERICANS "Prejudice and Pride" & "Peril and Promise"

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Dolores Huerta holds “HUELGA” (“Strike”) sign above her head. Delano, California, September 24, 1965.

Credit: Courtesy of A Harvey Richards photograph/Courtesy of Paul Richards

Witness the creation of the proud “Chicano” identity, growing Latino activism and influence on American culture, and the debate over undocumented immigrants. 

Labor leaders organize farm workers in California, and activists push for better education opportunities for Latinos, the inclusion of Latino studies and empowerment in the political process. Then, examine the past 30 years, as a second wave of Cubans and hundreds of thousands Salvadorans, Nicaraguans and Guatemalans flee to the U.S., creating a debate over undocumented immigrants that leads to calls for tightened borders, English-only laws and efforts to brand the undocumented as a drain on public resources. Simultaneously, the Latino influence is booming in business, sports, media, politics and entertainment. Latino Americans become the largest and youngest growing sector of the American population. LATINO AMERICANS "Prejudice and Pride" & "Peril and Promise" airs Monday, October 19, 2015 at 7 p.m. on WXXI World.