Phoenix attorney and ASU alumnus Daniel Ortega Jr. speaks during the panel discussion on “The Making of America: U.S. History Through the Latino Lens” on Satureday at the National Council of La Raza converence in Phoenix. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now

Embracing a fuller Latino history for a brighter future

ASU alumni encourage students to fight for their rights at ASU-sponsored panel at National Council of La Raza conference

July 9, 2017

He told the teenagers at the session: “Never forget who helped you and who you will help. My commitment to my community came from that time.”

Stella Pope Duarte, an author and teacher at Phoenix College, said that when she was a child in South Phoenix, there was a television show about her neighborhood that called it a “slum.”

Santiago Calvo (right), 9, of Memphis, watches as his cousin, Marco Villa, 11, also of Memphis, directs a First Lego League bot to pick up a hooped device at the National Latino Family Expo, part of the 2017 National Council of La Raza annual conference, on Saturday at the Phoenix Convention Center. ASU co-sponsored the K-12 robotics exhibition with the Si Se Puede Foundation. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now
Left: Uriel Rodriquez, 16, a junior at Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix, steers his school’s robot, Luis’ Dream, Saturday at the Phoenix Convention Center. The team had six weeks to design, machine, build and program the robot for competitions in Las Vegas and Flagstaff. The robot came in third place in both competitions. Right: Carl Hayden senior Bryan Garcia (right), 16, commands his school’s robot, Luis’ Dream, to shoot its balls at a target during the family expo at the National Council of La Raza conference Saturday. Photos by Charlie Leight/ASU Now
Left: Alejandro Perilla, the director of the ASU Center for Community Development and Civil Rights, speaks before the panel discussion on “The Making of America: U.S. History Through the Latino Lens,” on Saturday afternoon at the National Council of La Raza conference. Perilla is a former staff member of the NCLR. Right: During the “Making of America” panel, Phoenix author and ASU alumna Stella Pope Duarte encourages students to fight for their rights by organizing. She is the author of “Raul H. Yzaguirre: Seated at the Table of Power,” a new biography about the Texas native who, as president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza, built it into the largest Latino advocacy organization in U.S. history. Photos by Charlie Leight/ASU Now
Left: Around 150 people, many high school and college students, attend the panel discussion on “The Making of America: U.S. History Through the Latino Lens” on Saturday afternoon at the Phoenix Convention Center. Right: Phoenix attorney and ASU alumnus Daniel Ortega Jr. tells the audience at the panel discussion “The Making of America” that while growing up in Phoenix, he and other Latino children were taught that anyone important was white. Ortega, a former board chair of the National Council of La Raza, encouraged the students to never forget who helped them. Photos by Charlie Leight/ASU Now
Left: Patrick Kenney, dean of ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, formally announced to the general reception at the convention Saturday evening the creation of the Raul Yzaguirre Chair in the School of Politics and Global Studies. “This chair extends and memorializes the work that Raul has done in his career,” Kenney said. Right: A crowd gathers for the opening of the conference’s three-day National Latino Family Expo, which was free and open to the public. The expo featured interactive demonstrations, entertainment, educational resources and health screenings, as well as the robotics exhibition. Photos by Charrie Larkin/ASU

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