Last week, I shared a very special experience with my two sons who are ages seven and ten. We sat down as a family and watched the second episode in the PBS series Latino Americans which kicked off our official celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to spend quality time as a family and to reflect on the many contributions that Latinos have made over the last 500 years.
This episode focused on the struggles that Latinos encountered during the World War II years and years that followed the war. Although many Latinos proudly served this country and defended it during the war, they were still discriminated against and had to fight for civil rights during this time. We also learned about how Latinos from Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Cuba came to the United States looking for better opportunities for their families.
I was very proud to learn that the Ford Motor Company is one of the corporate sponsors for this three part series. This demonstrates to me their commitment to the Hispanic community and makes me respect them as a brand that is diverse and supportive of Latinos. Many people are not even aware that Ford has been one of the longest standing partners of Latino initiatives in this country.
Watching Latino Americans with my boys created valuable opportunities to discuss how their great-grandparents immigrated to this country and overcame tremendous obstacles to bring our family the promise of a better life. My older son was very surprised to find out that my grandparents moved from Spain from Venezuela to work in factories for many years to save the money to come to America.
He also couldn’t believe that my husband’s grandparents left everything they owned in Cuba and came to the United States with the clothes on their back and the one duffel bag each of items they were allowed to take with them. I could tell that it really gave him a deeper appreciation of the sacrifices that were made to give him the opportunities that he and the rest of the younger generation in this family is taking full advantage of.
Tomorrow night, on Tuesday, October 1st, we will be watching part 3 of Latino Americans from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. (EST). The focus of this episode will be how Latinos pushed for better education and political empowerment. It will also highlight the past thirty years and how Latinos have made major contributions to sports, music, politics, media and entertainment. It is sure to bring viewers full circle in learning about Latinos in North America during the past 500 years.
We will be live tweeting during the show tomorrow night and would love to have you join us and follow @fordespanol and @toughcookiemom to be part of the chat and to watch part 3 of the series with us. Also, make sure you like Ford Espanol on Facebook to learn about the many ways that they support the Latino Community. It’s important to know where we came from in order to set goals about where we would like to go!
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