Cinco de Mayo: Latinos for Social Justice during the Civil War


Tuesday, May 1, 2018 6:00PM

Cinco de Mayo: Latinos for Social Justice during the Civil War





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Cinco de Mayo: Latinos for Social Justice during the Civil War


The commemoration of Cinco de Mayo was created by Latinos living in San Francisco during the American Civil War, to let the world know where Latinos stood on the issues of that great conflict:

  • Latinos opposed slavery & supported freedom.
  • Latinos opposed white supremacy and supported racial equality.
  • Latinos opposed elite plantation rule, and supported government of the people, by the people and for the people.
  • This presentation explains why the Battle of Puebla, fought in Mexico on the Cinco de Mayo, 1862, became the symbol for Latinos who supported Abraham Lincoln and the United States against the slave states of the South.

    About our Speaker

    David E. Hayes-Bautista, Ph.D. is currently Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley, and completed his doctoral work in Basic Sciences at the University of California Medical Center, San Francisco. Dr. Hayes-Bautista served on the faculty at the School of Public Health at U.C. Berkeley until 1987, when he took his current position at UCLA.

    Dr. Hayes-Bautista’s research appears in a variety of medical journals including Family Medicine, the American Journal of Public Health, Family Practice, Academic Medicine and Salud Pública de México. Some of his published books include The Burden of Support: Young Latinos in an Aging Society (Stanford University Press, 1988), El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition (University of California Press, 2012) and La Nueva California: Latinos from Pioneers to Post Millennials (University of California Press, 2017.) Dr. Hayes-Bautista writes columns for the Los Angeles Times and La Opinion, and is often asked to provide opinions on radio and television in both Spanish and English.

    For the past five years, he has been chosen one of the 101 Top Leaders of the Latino Community in the U.S. by Latino Leaders Magazine. In 2012, he received the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Herbert W. Nickens Award for his lifelong concerns about the educational, societal, and health care needs of underrepresented groups, and in 2016 the Ohtli Award from the Mexican Government.

    In partnership with The Mexican Museum


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