The History Colorado Center opened its doors to four Denver Public middle schools for a Social Studies Awards Ceremony on March 4th.
“You can’t have a movement without being able to show what it is that you’ve been able to produce afterwards.”
Dr. Ramón Del Castillo
Families, educators and advocates from Henry Legacy School, Career Education Center Early College, Bear Valley International and Skinner Middle School, filled the room with proud faces in support of the students.
Kali Peracchia, a Social Studies Teacher at Bear Valley International, along with Lani Nobles, Principal of Henry Legacy, Elvia Lubin, Community Liaison at Bear Valley International, and a representative
from Skinner Middle School, were in attendance to support and award each student with their certificates.
The awards ceremony is in recognition of the families that value education as a priority, as well as to continue building school and home relationships between students, guardians and with the staff of DPS. Some of the students were being recognized for their second time, while most were first-time awardees.
Attendees were also presented with another first, words from Professor and Chair of the Chicana/o Studies Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Dr. Ramón Del Castillo.
The Professor chronicled the Denver Chicano Movement, adding context to the history of Colorado, leaving the students inspired and their families proud.
“You can’t have a movement without being able to show what it is that you’ve been able to produce afterwards” expressed Dr. Del Castillo.
“Your history is being erased, when your history is erased, you didn’t happen. You didn’t exist.”
Dr. Del Castillo added, while proudly expressing the work that went into the creation of El Movimiento: The Chicano Movement in Colorado and Pueblo exhibit encouraged all to experience the beginning of Latino history being recorded and accurately. Currently, the exhibit is in Pueblo, Colorado. The last day to see the El Movimiento exhibit is Saturday, March 31st, 10am-7pm, at El Pueblo History Museum, 301 North Union, Pueblo, CO, 81003, 719-583-0453.
For further info on History Colorado, 303-447-8679 or historycolorado.org. History Colorado is located at 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO.
by Chanel Ward
Chanel Ward, El Semanario Intern, is a student at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and a Peer Advocate for the Scholar Success Program.
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