Local Stories

Las Chicanas: “Their stories are important and need to be preserved”

Las Chicanas: “Their stories are important and need to be preserved”

By Pablo J. Sáinz
La Prensa San Diego

SanDiego

A group of Chicanas came together last week to help preserve a part of American history that for a long time was ignored in academic circles.

Las Chicanas, a group of San Diego State University graduates who started gathering for reunions since 1970, held a fundraiser on Saturday, August 3rd, at the Centro Cultural de la Raza, to benefit the SDSU Chicana Archive to preserve their history and to raise consciousness about Chicana history.

“The women were actively a part of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement,” said Rita Sanchez, a retired Chicano and Chicana Studies professor who taught for more than 30 years at SDSU and San Diego Mesa College. “They spoke out for relevant education, rights for women, equality in the classroom and in student body elections; they spoke out for bilingual education at the same time they addressed sexism among their own ranks.”

At the Saturday event the program started with a blessing by Rosa Olga Navarro with Gracia Molina de Pick, an educator and activist who has been the beloved mentor for Las Chicanas. Molina de Pick was surrounded by sage smoke and honored for her many contributions of love and mentorship to Las Chicanas and others, Sanchez said.

The event and the program honored Chicanas who have passed away but who are still presente! and therefore, a living legacy in San Diego, including Laura Rodriguez, Herminia Enrique, Tina de Baca, Delia Moreno, Charlotte Hernandez-Terry, Lin Romero and Aida Mancillas.

The SDSU Chicana Archive will be part of San Diego State University Library’s Chicana & Chicano Archive Project, a collection that highlights the contributions of people of Mexican descent in the United States, with a special emphasis on Chicanas in San Diego’s history.

The Archive’s materials focus…

Finish reading Las Chicanas: “Their stories are important and need to be preserved”

Click to add a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Local Stories

More in Local Stories

Screen Shot 2015-08-04 at 10.33.16 AM

Five Latinos shaping the city of Houston

Latina ListaAugust 4, 2015
Screen Shot 2015-08-03 at 11.05.21 AM

Geek Squad Academy engages San Antonio youth in tech

Latina ListaAugust 3, 2015
b464499b9c4ca622f57ef4805ae466ec

Dancer Unites Flamenco and Doctors without Borders

Latina ListaJuly 30, 2015
hat tossing ceremony at graduation

Oklahoma Graduation Rates Drop in All Student Groups

Latina ListaJuly 29, 2015
crowd

Forum Takes On Homophobia Among Latinos

Latina ListaJuly 28, 2015
SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA

Arizona’s Gila River leader says lack of broadband is harming tribal, rural areas

Latina ListaJuly 27, 2015
Cover-Ice-4

Deportation Protest Calls for National Reform

Latina ListaJuly 23, 2015
mexican-selling-donald-trump-pinatas-0622-4

Trump to visit Laredo on Thursday

Latina ListaJuly 22, 2015
stack of books on the dark wood background. toning. selective focus on the middle book

Opinion: Latinos Are The New Majority in CA, But Not In Our Textbooks

Latina ListaJuly 21, 2015