Colorado’s Hispanic Towns: Real or Ghosts?

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Thomas J. Noel, Professor of History & Director of Public History & Preservation at CU-Denver

On the upper Huerfano River amid the Greenhorn Mountains, this isolated unincorporated ranching town is the shrunken hub of a large mountainous chunk of northwestern Huerfano County. Gardner’s roots, however, lie in a predecessor Hispanic town, according to tales I heard in the Gardner Tavern.

At the Tavern, after putting a pinch of salt on the rim of his sweating beer can, Augustino Garcia nodded a welcome. I mounted the barstool next to him in the dim tavern. He was the first person I had seen in Gardner where this tavern was the only sign of life.  This dusty, sleepy village on the upper Huerfano (Spanish for orphan) River seemed to be a ghost. Continue reading “Colorado’s Hispanic Towns: Real or Ghosts?”

Winning the Ovarian Lottery: One Community’s Look at Race and Privilege

IMG_03341Walking into the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit at History Colorado, I was already aware that race is not a scientific fact.  Some things that impact us greatly disappear the closer we examine them.  Race is one of those things.  The exhibit explains why we look different based on geography.  That reminded me of writer Maya Angelou, who visited Africa and found people who looked just like her—they had her hips, smiles and eyes. Continue reading “Winning the Ovarian Lottery: One Community’s Look at Race and Privilege”

Race: The Invisible Rainbow

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Loren Escandon – Actress, Writer, Theater Producer & Volunteer at the History Colorado Center

The first time someone was curious about my skin color, I was 4. It was in kindergarten when I got approached with the question, and my answer was, “I am grey.”

Living in a household with a white father and a black mother helped me jump to the conclusion that grey was, without a doubt, my race. I wish things were that easy from there on. Continue reading “Race: The Invisible Rainbow”

Raza: el arco iris invisible.

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Loren Escandon – Actriz, Escritora, productora teatral & voluntaria en Museo Historia de Colorado.

La primera vez que alguien me pregunto cual era el color de mi piel, yo tenia 4 años. Fue en el kinder cuando un compañero sin reparo lanzo la pregunta y con la mayor naturalidad contesté, -Yo soy gris.-

Vivir en un hogar con una padre blanco y una madre negra me ayudo a llegar a la conclusión que gris, era sin duda alguna, una raza. Ojalá todo hubiese sido así de sencillo a partir de ese momento.

An English version of this post is available here.

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The Value of Diversity

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Carolyn Love, Ph.D.

On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It was Title VII of the Civil Rights Act that prohibited employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin or sex. Additionally, the act made it illegal to retaliate against those who sought relief or assisted others in their exercise of rights secured by law. Over the past 50 years, employers across the United States have implemented diversity programs and initiatives to comply with the ever-changing federal rules and regulations to ensure a diverse workplace.  Continue reading “The Value of Diversity”