Maria: Daughter of Immigrants--November 6 at the Esperanza

November 6, 2010; 6:30pm Reception; 7pm Reading & Plática

Esperanza Peace and Justice Center (922 San Pedro Ave, 78212)

María Antonietta Berriozábal will mark with pride the 100th Anniversary of the November 6, 1910 crossing of the US/Mexico border by her paternal grandparents and father by introducing her forthcoming book, María: Daughter of Immigrants at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center on Saturday, November 6, 2010. There will be a reception at 6:30pm, and the reading will begin at 7pm, followed by a plática with María.

This unique celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Mexican Revolution focuses on the personal stories of one immigrant family who, like immigrants everywhere, have helped to build Texas and this nation. María’s father’s family and paternal grandparents crossed in 1910 and her mother and maternal grandparents crossed in 1914. María will present an evening of song, photos, and video, honoring her proud heritage as Mejicana, Mexican American, Chicana, Tejana. While the book will not yet be available, María will read excerpts, including stories of the struggles of her father’s family during their early years in Texas and of growing up on San Antonio's Westside. María will also join with local artist Enedina Cásarez-Vásquez in unveiling the cover art for the book.

María Antonietta Berriozábal is the first Mexican-American woman elected to the City Council of a major U.S. city, representing San Antonio District 1 from 1981-1991, then running for mayor in a closely contested race in 1991. She was appointed U.S. Representative to the InterAmerican Commission on Women for the Organization of American States during the Clinton Administration and served as a U.S. Delegate to the United Nations' Fourth World Conference on Women at Mar del Plata, Beijing, and New York. A community leader and activist, María continues to serve as a tireless advocate for justice and peace.

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