Un Pueblo Sin Literatura es un Pueblo Mudo
Latino Heritage Week is celebrated on the WUSTL campus like any other adorned event. This week reminds us of the great cornucopia that is the WUSTL community; we remember the beauty of sharing a different culture and a new outlook on life. Latino Heritage Week is a six day rollercoaster of grand activities and great company; however, Latino Heritage Week is more than a week of free food . It has a meaning, a message, and an emotion.
LHW shows how much Latin America has accomplished and overcome over the past few centuries. Many picture Latin America as a place of rich colors, exotic animals, and delicious food, but Latin America is much more than that. The goal of Latino Heritage Week is to show that Latino culture is a lot more than what it is perceived to be today, which is mostly a culture based on dancing, food, and music.
Latino culture is more enriching and profound. Everyone knows the Shakiras, the Pitbulls, and the Sophia Vergaras of the world, but how many people know the Sonia Sotomayors? LHW aims to enlighten the community about the great influence that Latinos have made on society whether it is César Chávez fighting for farm workers’ rights, Jaime Escalante who dedicated his life to educating students from poor neighborhoods, or Mari Carmen Ramírez who paints the richness and significance of Latin America. Whether one is Bolivian, Uruguayan, or anything in-between, Latin have made meaningful contributions in every field imaginable. The history of Latin America is a long one that continues to expand, but we can see its result in the people that have made the Earth a more enjoyable place.
Latino Heritage Week has a lot to say, but are you ready to listen?