Antiracists are aware of the historical context of where they work, teach, or lead. What do you know about the 500 year history of Latinos in North America? This documentary documentary chronicles "the rich and varied stories and experiences of Latinos in the United States who have helped shape North America for more than 500 years. As you watch, reflect or discuss the following questions: What suprised you? What confirms your experience or challenges you? How will learning change your practice?
Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation
Did you know that African Americans were not the only people of color in this country who attended segregated schools? The Mendez family efforts helped bring about an end to segregated schools in California in 1947. This was seven years before Brown v. Board of Education. These are stories many of us do not know, but they speak to how individual actions can impact others' opportunities and access.
The first video is a reading of a picture book about Sylvia's life. The second video is a documentary.
Latinx Film, Books & TV
Expand your cultural awareness by watching movies and television programs that are written by Latinx writters or focused on Latinx actors and stories.
Latin American Film Festival
Now in its 31st year, the AFI Latin American Film Festival is one of North America's largest and longest-running showcases of Latin America cinema. While the AFI Silver Theatre remains temporarily closed, this year's festival has been re-imagined as a vibrant virtual showcase, featuring international film festival favorites, award winners, local box office hits and dynamic debuts from a new generation of Latin American filmmakers. Click her for more information.
Latinx TV Shows Available to Stream Now
Latinx Movies and Documentaries Available to Stream
20 New Fall Books From Latinx Writers
Latin America consists of 20 countries, 14 dependent territories and more than 652 million people. Quiz yourself. Name a poet, an artist, or scientist from Latin America. Do you know a popular song or folk tale? Can you name most of the countries on the picture to the left?
The resources below could be used to spark conversation as a team or you can go through them on your own.
- Watch and discuss the music video Latinoamerica.
- Play the Kahoot on Central America
- Review and use the resources from Teaching for Change
Before you watch this music video, take a moment and picture Latin America in your mind. What do you see? Compare the images in your mind to those you see in the video. If you are doing this as a team, have a conversation about your reactions.
The largest percentage of Latino students in MCPS have roots in Central America. What do you know about Central America? Teaching for Change says, "the lack of resources in most schools on Central American heritage make the rich history and literature of the region invisible."
In his message above, Edvin Hernandez wrote "In no other place but this one of inquiry are we faced with so many questions about who we are. They fall like cascades creating confusion and desire to make sense of it all." Several of the pieces in the Voices from MCPS also talk about being questioined about their idendity.
Explore the videos below to learn more about race and idendity.
Hispanic vs. Latino vs. Latinx
- What Does "Latinx" Mean, Exactly?
- Hispanic vs. Latino vs. Latinx: A Brief History of How These Words Originated
Race and Identity
A Conversation With Latinos on Race
My Identity is a Superpower -- Not an Obstacle | America Ferrera
Dr. Joan's Gems
Each month, Equity Initiatives Instructional Specialist, Dr. Joan Mory, will provide new, specific resources (articles, strategies, videos, techniques, activators, etc.) that can be used at meetings, in planning, and in the classroom. They will address different themes associated with learning and leading.
The focus this month is instructional strategies and “think abouts” that address our Hispanic and Latino students in the classroom.
Joan writes, "Culturally responsive teaching and inclusive classrooms validate students’ existing knowledge base and experiences. This foundational culturally responsive teaching practice affirms and uses what students already know and can do and enhances the acquisition and retention of new information and knowledge."