Base Celebrates Hispanic Heritage
By P. A. Tezuka, SMC Public Affiard
/ Published October 16, 2008
LOS ANGELES AFB -- The 2008 Hispanic Heritage month luncheon was celebrated with fine Mexican cuisine and festive music and colors at the Gordon Conference Center, Oct. 14.
Honored guest speaker was Sylvia Mendez, American civil rights activists, whose parents Gonzalo Mendez, a Mexican immigrant, and Felicitas Mendez, a Puerto Rican immigrant, set legal precedent when they won the landmark court case, Mendez v. Westminster, et al, ending segregation not only in California but in the United States. The Mendez filed suit against the city when their children were denied enrollment in the all-white school near their home in Orange County, Calif. Ms. Mendez continues the work her parents began, promoting equal educational awareness throughout the world.
The audience enjoyed the performance by members of Salsabor Y Cache, internationally known salsa dance company. Singer/songwriter Priscilla Luviano sang Latino songs on her eighth-year visit to the celebration.
The luncheon was hosted jointly by The Aerospace Corporation Hispanic Advisory Council, LAAFB/SMC Hispanic American Group, and Aerospace Veterans West.