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The ‘forgotten’ root of Mexican culture

Posted: Monday, Feb 17th, 2014


Veronica Leon (left) and Ruby Vasquez have been working together for the past two years to bring "Black Mexico: The Forgotten Root," a series of informational sessions and dance presentations about the historic and current state of the Afro-Mexican communities of the Costa Chica, Mexico, to Watsonville. (Photo by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian. Second photo contributed)


WATSONVILLE — Referred to as the “third root” of Mexican culture, the Afro-Mexican community is often hidden from the public eye.

But a rising movement for constitutional recognition is gaining momentum, and to further that, a series of events will take place across the county starting Thursday to inform the public of this community and its traditions.

Titled “Black Mexico: The Forgotten Root,” Israel Reyes Larrea, founder of AFRICA A.C., and other members from Oaxaca Mexico, will share historical and current information about the Afro-Mexican communities of Costa Chica, Mexico.



Informational sessions

• Thursday: 10 a.m. to noon, Cabrillo College Aptos, Room SAC East 225. 4-6 p.m., Cabrillo College Watsonville Room A150.

• Friday: 12:30-1:30 p.m., UCSC Social Science 1 Room 110.

• Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12:30: PVUSD parent workshop, Watsonville High School. 6-8 p.m.: Springfield Grange, 10 Werner Road in Watsonville.



Dance workshop

• Thursday: 7-9 p.m., Cabrillo College Watsonville Dance Studio.

For the complete article see the 02-18-2014 issue.

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