Monday, August 14, 2006

Latinos In Milwaukee

Since Milwaukee seems to be such a hot topic on my blog right now, it's funny that I meant to post about the following a few weeks ago.

Last time my mom was in town she brought me a copy of a new book entitled Latinos In Milwaukee (Images Of America):

My family has always been hugely involved w/ the Latino community through the years. As I child I was obliged to volunteer at Mexican Fiesta year after year, festival after festival. But I must say I am glad I was exposed to all this community work at a young age, as it makes me appreciate what it takes to put on such events.

Enough about that...back to the book. It's a real great book and it's a chronicles, via pictures, the people, familes, events, etc. that the Latino community of Milwaukee has built.

My mother is featured in the book as are my grandparents. Pictured is a picture of mom holding the book, and in the background is a poster size shot of my grandparents from their wedding day that is featured in the book as well.

It's nice to know that after all these years my family's contributions are still appreciated and celebrated. I think the best part was going through and realizing how many people I knew and have interacted w/ during my young life.


MatadorMexicano said...

hmmm they did a news report about milwakie the other day here on the enws. i think it was tied to the mexican fiest, unless thats already passed and had nothing to do with it.

maybe your mom was featured? i should have watched, amnit.

Chicago_Sexbox said...

Oh wow, how cool is that!

Dave said...

What a great story. I have nothing but respect for Milwaukee's Latino community. They've really come into their own over the last ten years or so building a healthy and robust economy on the South Side, developing great businesses like El Rey and starting excellent schools like Bruce Guadalupe and La Causa. There still are problems with gang activity and crime on the South Side but compared to the North Side, where I live, it's pretty tame.

Latinos contribute so much to the cultural and economic life of Milwaukee. I work downtown and last spring when 75,000 people marched down Wisconsin Ave. for fair immigration laws it was plain to everyone that Milwaukee Latinos had really come into their own.

Cracked Chancla said...

hey, that's pretty cool. old black and white pictures are my favorite. the stories behind them, when available, are always a special treat. you know i've never been to milwaukee but i'd like to swing by and check it out sometime.

T-baggins said...

That's awesome! I want a copy.

cindylu said...

That's pretty cool. I didn't even know there was a Latino community in Milwaukee until coming upon your blog.