Maria Rebecca Latigo de Hernandez Bio
|María Rebecca Latigo de Hernández was born on 29 July 1896 in San Pedro Garza García, Mexico and died on 8 January 1986. She was a Mexican-American rights activist. In the mid-1930s, she spoke publicly and demonstrated on behalf of Mexican Americans about their education in the United States.|
|Born||29 July 1986 in San Pedro Garza García, Mexico|
|Died||8 January 1986 in Lytle, Texas, United Statesat the age of 89 years|
|Husband||Pedro Hernandez Barrera|
|Occupation||Human Rights Activist|
|Organization Founded||League of United Latin American Citizens|
|Google Doodle Honour||On 29 July 2018, Google Doodle honours Mexican civil rights leader (Maria Rebecca Latigo de Hernandez) in what would have been her 122nd birthday.|
Maria Rebecca Latigo de Hernandez Biography
María Rebecca Latigo de Hernández was born on 29 July 1896 in San Pedro Garza García, Mexico and died on 8 January 1986. She was a Mexican-American rights activist. In the mid-1930s, she spoke publicly and demonstrated on behalf of Mexican Americans about their education in the United States. She and her husband, Pedro Hernandez Barrera, founded Orden Caballeros de America on January 10, 1929. She organized the Asociación Protectora de Madres in 1933. In 1970 she was active in the Raza Unida Party.
María Rebecca Latigo de Hernández was born in 1896 in Garza García close Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. Her father was a teacher. As a young adult, she lived in Monterrey, Mexico and worked as an elementary grade teacher. She got married in 1915 at 19 years old to Pedro Hernández Barrera. Their wedding was in Hebbronville, Texas. They moved to San Antonio, in 1918, where they settled down, and their family eventually grew to include ten children. The family owned and ran a grocery store and bakery. She fought for and wrote against the segregation, racial oppression, and poor education that the Mexican American children were receiving.
In 1932, María Rebecca Latigo de Hernández was the first Mexican female presenter on the radio. In 1933, she helped open an association to help expecting mothers, which was known as Asociación Protectora de Madres.
In 1934, María, along with her husband and children, helped to regulate an organization which helped to create safe places and better the education for the West Side Mexican Communities. It was named La Liga de Defensa Pro-Escolar. In connection to her radio career, she spoke to promote Council 16 of the League of United Latin American Citizens on a program called the “Voz de las Americas.” The league became well regulated in December 1934. She supported the efforts of the league in 1940 and then again in 1947. During the years with the league, she helped to encourage the equality for all Mexican Americans, no matter where they were from or where they were living.
Maria Rebecca Latigo de Hernandez Women Workers Rights
In 1938, María Rebecca Latigo de Hernández began working with the Pecan-Shellers’ Strike, with a cause for women workers’ rights. The strike had started as a way for the women to obtain safer working conditions as well as increased salaries. In 1939, she was included in a group of women, who were able to visit the Mexican President, Lázaro Cárdenas. The women went to communicate the goodwill between the Mexicans from Mexico and the Mexican Americans found in the United States.
In 1945, “México y Los Cuatro Poderes Que Dirigén al Pueblo” was published. In the essay, it was said that the domestic sphere founded the society. It also stated that mothers were the creators of nations. Close to the time that her essay was published, she was also involved in organizing Club Liberal Pro-Cultura de la Mujer.
Maria Rebecca Latigo de Hernandez Political Activities
In 1968, she was a regular guest on San Antonio television, educating the public about social progress. In 1969, María Rebecca Latigo de Hernández was appointed the position of Treasurer of the order’s board of directors, as well as the President of Circulo Social. In 1970, she grew her political activities by joining the Raza Unida Party. She served as a key-note speaker at the Raza Unida’s Statewide Conference, located in Austin, Texas.
Maria Rebecca Latigo de Hernandez Death and Cause
On January 8, 1986, she died from pneumonia. She is buried in the plot of the Orden Caballeros de América outside of Elmendorf, Texas. It was desired for her to be buried there as a symbol from the Mexican American people, to show respect towards her life’s works.