Civil rights behind the scene
Film to prompt Chicano identity discussion
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 22:10
In conjunction with other campus groups, the Department of History will host a screening of “Prejudice and Pride” and a Q&A session with filmmaker John Valdez in hopes of prompting discussion of the Chicano identity and its development with Texas A&M students.
Valdez was hired to make the final two of the six episodes of the PBS Latino Americano series “Prejudice and Pride,” which shows local and national activism in the Chicano culture in the 1960s and 1970s and the outcomes that arose from the struggles faced by activists.
Valdez said “Prejudice and Pride” helps illuminate a part of history that is traditionally excluded.
“Latino History is American history, and for too long we have learned about American history with Latinos being excluded and left along the roadside,” Valdez said.
Valdez said the film shows the sacrifices made by Mexican-Americans in the name of civil rights.
“Mexican-Americans put their lives on the line, and some have died for the civil rights movement to make America a better place for all people,” Valdez said.
While the Department of History is the official sponsor of the event, other sponsors include the MSC Committee for the Awareness of Mexican-American Culture, the Film Studies Department, MSC Aggie Cinema and the Hispanic-Latino Graduate Student Association.
“Students wanted to bring knowledge and discussion to the other students on campus about a very important time in history for Hispanics and Latinos,” said Lyndon Pryor, advisor to the committee for the Awareness of Mexican-American Culture.
Filipe Hinojosa, assistant professor of history and event coordinator, said the film helps to increase attention on a topic that is continually neglected in curriculum in textbooks pertaining to civil rights across the nation.
Hinojosa said the film reminds students of how much the older relatives of the current generation struggled for their place in society, which he said helped open doors for the current generation.
The screening will take place from 6-8 p.m. Monday in the Gates Room in the MSC.