Celebrating strong female activists is a very important thing to do. In the midst of the fight for human rights was Mara L. de Hernández, a powerful Mexican activist who spoke out against many issues. Today, July 29, is her birthday, and we should all recognize her contributions to make the world we live in a better place.
Maria was born in Mexico, and at a young age she worked as an elementary school teacher. She soon married and moved to San Antonio, Texas where her family grew to include ten children! Maria was a constant writer, and wrote about her fight against racial oppression, segregation, and the poor education that Mexican-American children were receiving.
Maria’s family helped start and found the Order of the Knights of America, a group that dedicated themselves to civil rights for Mexican Americans and Mexican immigrants. The group mainly focused on educational matters, and strived to improve the education of both female and male school aged children.
Over her life, Maria worked with women workers’ rights, equality for Mexican-Americans, and racial equality progress overall. She was the first Mexican female announcer on radio, and continued her fight for education and equality till the end of her life in 1986.
María Rebecca Latigo de Hernández was and still is a true inspiration for human rights activism. She can still be remembered today for all her effort in making the world a better place.