Chicanx/Latinx Heritage Month Exhibit

Chicanx/Lantinx Heritage Month Exhibit

Celebrate Chicanx/Latinx heritage month in a new library exhibit composed of four exhibits that seek to highlight the history and contributions of the Chicanx/Latinx community at Sac State and beyond.

Exhibit located on the 2nd floor mezzanine of the University Library

Chicanx/Latinx Studies Programs: Past and Present

Curated by Dr. Maria Vargas and Dr. Elvia Ramirez

This exhibit was curated by Dr. Maria Vargas and Dr. Elvia Ramirez (Ethnic Studies). The exhibit contains artifacts documenting the history of the Chicanx/Latinx Studies Program at Sac State. The Chicano Studies Program (now “Chicanx/Latinx Studies”) was founded in 1969 as part of the Ethnic Studies Center, which eventually became the Ethnic Studies Department. The exhibit includes historic and contemporary flyers for Chicanx/Latinx Studies classes, a copy of the first-ever newsletter for the Chicanx/Latinx Studies Program, flyers for campus and community events, and conference programs for the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS).

Further Readings

80th Anniversary of the Zoot Suit Riots

Curated by Dr. David Flores

The 80th Anniversary of the Zoot Suit Riots exhibit was curated by David Flores (Ethnic Studies) and the art was created by Tony Carranza of Dulce Upfront in Fresno, California. It is a counterpart to the Lowrider exhibit and highlights the notorious 1943 period where U.S servicemen brutally violated the rights and humanity of Mexican Americans, and specifically those wearing zoot suits. Eighty years later, Mexican American cultural production continues to be criminalized and seen as deviant, as seen in the lowrider exhibit. However, Chicanx communities continue creating vibrant, flamboyant, and cultural aesthetics to resist social marginalization and showcase their ethnic pride.

Further Readings

A History of Cultural Resistance

Curated by Dr. David Flores

The Lowrider exhibit was curated by David Flores (Ethnic Studies) with the help of Jazmin from the Serna Center and the centerpiece art was created by Tony Carranza of Dulce Upfront in Fresno, California. The exhibit functions as a contemporary to the zoot suit exhibit, highlighting Chicanx cultural production as powerful forms of resistance against the historic marginalization of Mexican Americans in the United States. The exhibit calls to attention the organizing efforts of lowrider clubs and organizations that have challenged cruising ban ordinances that unjustly target black and brown communities. In June of 2020, the Sacramento City Council voted unanimously to repeal a three-decade long ban on cruising. Organizing efforts are now focused on ending restrictions on lowriders and lowriding throughout California.

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Sac State Community Altar

Curated by Dr. Heidy Sarabia

This community altar was curated by Dr. Heidy Sarabia (Sociology), who was taught by her mom, Maria de Jesus Roman Salgado, who is from Tepozonalquillo, Guerrero, Mexico. The altar honors people who passed away but who are remembered lovingly. A collaboration of members of the Chicanx/Latinx Faculty and Staff Association (CHLFSA) and the Serna Center at Sac State, the altar has the elements to welcome our loved ones back on Nov 1st (for children) and Nov 2nd (for adults). The pictures of those we are honoring, and the stories of who they were, salt and water to ease their travels, cempasuchitl flowers to guide them to our altar, papel picado as well as an atecocoli to represent wind and the union of life and death, and some candy to welcome them. Listen to all the stories here.

Further Readings