National Park Director to Detail Effort to Preserve Latino Legacy In US

By EGP Staff Report

National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis will be a Ruben Salazar Park in East Los Angeles Thursday to deliver the keynote address at the Los Angeles Latino Legacy Forum —American Latinos and the Making of the United States: A Theme Study.

It is expected Jarvis will discuss details of a long-awaited recommendation to Congress for the long-term preservation of sites in and around California related to labor and Civil Rights leader César Chávez, in accordance with the César Chávez Special Resource Study.

Jarvis will also underscore the important role Latinos have played throughout our nation’s history and how the National Park Service is working to preserve Latino stories and places of national significance across the country, according to a statement announcing his participation at the day-long event at Salazar Park, which was renamed in honor of the journalist killed by Sheriff’s deputies during the 1970 Chicano Moratorium, one of the most important and significant events of the Chicano Civil Rights movement

The event, which has not been widely publicized to the public, will include graduate and undergraduate students, historic preservationists, historical societies, and the community-at-large to highlight the National Park Service’s recently published American Latino Theme Study and discuss the importance of identifying and preserving Latino heritage in California. The National Park service, in partnership with the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks Recreation are hosting the event which will includes panel discussions on Latino history, a tour of sites associated with the Chicano Moratorium March and a workshop on preservation of Latino history sites. “Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle,” a one-hour documentary to air on PBS in 2014, will also be screened. The forum will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with concurrent events by reservation.

Former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis who is now a candidate for the County Board of Supervisors, is also scheduled to attend the forum.

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