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posted Friday, October 30, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 44
Día de los Muertos / 'Day of the Dead' celebration at El Centro de la Raza
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Día de los Muertos / 'Day of the Dead' celebration at El Centro de la Raza

by Estela Ortega
Executive Director
El Centro de la Raza

This year we will honor and be in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and the people who have lost their lives as a result of the legacy of racism against People of Color in the United States. Join us for El Centro de la Raza's opening day Día de los Muertos / 'Day of the Dead' celebration, on Monday, November 2nd from 5:30-8:30 p.m. FREE admission, traditional dinner and children's activities offered.

A special program will be presented on the morning of Monday, November 2nd at 10:30 a.m. where we will honor Santos Rodriguez, a young victim of racism, whom our children's park is named after. On July 24, 1973, Santos and his brother were placed in the back of a police car and questioned about a burglary. The cop informed Santos that there was one bullet in his gun, spinning the cartridge and then pointing the gun at Santos' head. After pleading his innocence, the cop pulled the trigger for the second time and killed Santos' immediately.

We have connected with Roberto Corona from Southern Methodist University and he will be in attendance along with Bessie Rodriguez, Santos Rodriguez' mother. Other program participants include: Seattle's Civic Poet, Claudia Castro Luna, and Superintendent of Parks, Jesus Aguirre.

Dallas Morning News reached out to us in awe of the fact that a park in Seattle was named after Santos, and yet there is nothing memorializing him in Dallas. We have named the park after him in defiance of the society that caused his death, and in confidence that we will win in our efforts to do away with racism. We use his name not in mourning but to commemorate the day when we create a society that is truly democratic, that assures equal rights and a dignified, fulfilling life for all peoples.

The building of a better community is what is at the heart of this Día de los Muertos event. Día de los Muertos is a traditional Mexican celebration that commemorates and remembers loved ones that have died and honors them by setting up ofrendas or altars. 11 years ago El Centro de la Raza made a decision to expand to diverse communities of color and social justice issues with the objective to build multi-racial unity and honor those that are no longer with us.

Ofrendas will be featured by: 206 Zulu, Black Out Summer Jam, Mothers for Police Accountability, First AME Church, EPIC, Black Prisoners' Caucus, From Hiroshima to Hope, Fulgencio Lazo, Garfield Black Student Union, Movimiento Afro Latino Seattle, Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets, Richard Hugo House, Urunga Music, and many more!

Courtesy of El Centro de la Raza

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