Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Independence, Freedom, Education Focus of Month-long Hispanic Heritage Celebration at A&M-Kingsville

KINGSVILLE - September 15, 2010

Contact: Adriana Garza
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4979

           Texas A&M University-Kingsville is preparing for a month-long celebration of culture, history and pride during the university community's commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

            In honor of the bicentennial celebration of Mexico's independence from Spain and in recognition of the centennial anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, and in recognition of the goal of spreading awareness of Hispanic culture, this year's Hispanic Heritage Month celebration will reflect a theme of Independence, Freedom and Education.

            Events for the month range from a traditional fiesta kick-off to a scholarship pageant to scholarly lectures and film screenings. The university's celebration of Tejano Heritage will also be included in Hispanic Heritage Month activities. Additionally, the month will also celebrate the university's role as a federally-designated Hispanic Serving Institution during National Hispanic Serving Institution Week Sept. 19-25.  

            Activities include:

  • Thursday, September 16

A Hispanic Heritage Month kick-off celebration will begin at 6 p.m. in the Courtyard of the Memorial Student Union Building (MSUB). The event will include food, a Grito Contest, Jalapeño Eating Contest and musical entertainment from Rumba al Anacua-a duo of musicians and Javelina alumni who sing traditional Mexican and South Texas music.

  • Friday, September 17

South Texas author Ricardo Palacios will speak and read from his book Tio Cowboy: Juan Salinas-Rodeo Roper and Horseman at noon in the Founders' Room of Lewis Hall. The book documents the life of his uncle, a traditional South Texas cowboy. Palacios will sign copies of his book at 3 p.m. at the University Bookstore in the MSUB.

  • Saturday, September 18

The Javelina community will celebrate the first home football game of the season with a Hispanic Heritage-themed tailgate, including traditional Hispanic music and food. The event begins at 2 p.m. in the Tailgate area. The highlight of the celebration is the Miss Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Pageant, in which A&M-Kingsville students will compete for the title of Miss Hispanic Heritage.

  • Tuesday, September 21

Retired Lt. Col. William Luna will present his research on the history of Hispanics in the United States military at noon in room 219 AB in the MSUB. The presentation will include an exhibit of military memorabilia.

  • Wednesday, September 22

South Texas author Hernan Moreno will read from his book Ghostly Rider, at noon in room 219 AB of the MSUB. The book documents ghostly stories handed down through traditional South Texas oral tradition. Moreno will sign copies of his book at 3 p.m. at the University Bookstore in the MSUB.

  • Thursday, September 23

The university will celebrate Hispanic Serving Institution Week with a reception at noon in the MSUB lobby.  

  • Tuesday, September 28

Regional Texas State Board of Education representative Mary Helen Berlanga will serve as the keynote speaker of the Hispanic Heritage Celebration Banquet beginning at 6 p.m. in the MSUB Ballrooms. Berlanga has served on the State Board of Education since 1982 and currently practices law with the firm of Bonilla and Chapa in Corpus Christi. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the MSUB Information Desk beginning Sept. 15.

  • Friday, October 1

A&M-Kingsville political science professor Dr. Nirmal Goswami and history professors Drs. Dean Ferguson and Roger Tuller will present a panel discussion focusing on the role of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in current society. In the wake of national calls for the possible abolishment of the amendment, which grants citizenship to those born in the U.S., the professors will discuss the history and future of the amendment. 

  • Tuesday, October 5

The film Justice for My People, documenting the life of civil rights leader and American G.I. Forum founder Dr. Hector P. Garcia will be shown at 6 p.m. in room 219 AB in the MSUB.

  • Wednesday, October 6

South Texas genealogist Marcos Flores will discuss his search to find his family roots at 6 p.m. in room 219 AB of the MSUB. 

  • Thursday, October 7

Two Javelina alumni who have contributed to the promotion and preservation of Tejano culture will be honored during the Tejano Heritage Banquet at noon in Ballroom A of MSUB. An exhibit of Tejano heritage memorabilia will also be on display during the banquet.

  • Saturday, October 9

The Third Annual Artwalk and Music Festival will be held in downtown Kingsville from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. between Kleberg Avenue and 6th and 8th Streets. This event features local artists and vendors from the university and Kingsville communities. Johnny Cash tribute band, The Band in Black and country music artist Roger Creager will perform. Fore more information, contact the Kingsville Convention and Visitors Bureau at 595-8540. 

  • Tuesday, October 12

The film Break of Dawn, which chronicles the life of famed Mexican radio personality Pedro Gonzalez and his battle against discrimination and injustice in the 1920s, will be shown at 6 p.m. in room 219 AB of the MSUB.

  • Wednesday, October 13

Dr. Manuel Flores, chair of the communications and theatre arts department at A&M-Kingsville, will discuss the historic role of Hispanics in the civil rights movement both in Texas and across the nation at noon in room 219 AB of the MSUB. 

  • Tuesday, October 19

The Cheech Marin comedy Born in East L.A. will be shown at 6 p.m. in room 219 AB of the MSUB. 

  • Tuesday, October 26

The film El Norte, which tells the story of two young teens who flee political and economic repression in Guatemala for the United States, but face equally trying situations, will be shown at 6 p.m. in room 219 AB of the MSUB.

            All events are located on the campus of A&M-Kingsville unless otherwise noted. For more information on the A&M-Kingsville Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, call 593-2670.


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