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Cinco de Mayo:
The Hidden Origins of an
Anti-Confederacy Holiday

Wednesday, May 18 | 5pm to 7pm

Join Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell for the next event in our Racial Justice Learning Exchange series, Cinco de Mayo: The Hidden Origins of an Anti-Confederacy Holiday. This event will include a Cinco de Mayo cultural celebration and learning about racial justice history through a book talk and community dialogue with Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, author of Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition

About the Book:
El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition

Why is Cinco de Mayo—a holiday commemorating a Mexican victory over the French at Puebla in 1862—so widely celebrated in California and across the United States, when it is scarcely observed in Mexico? As David E. Hayes-Bautista explains, the holiday is not Mexican at all, but rather an American one, created by Latinos in California during the mid-nineteenth century. Hayes-Bautista shows how the meaning of Cinco de Mayo has shifted over time—it embodied immigrant nostalgia in the 1930s, U.S. patriotism during World War II, Chicano Power in the 1960s and 1970s, and commercial intentions in the 1980s and 1990s. Today, it continues to reflect the aspirations of a community that is engaged, empowered, and expanding.

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