I believe that a variety of voices must come forward to educate and encourage our current student population. Some of those voices emerge from within us, from our ancestors and our spiritual traditions. My own inspirations are planted in the common history of many Latin American persons who share a mixed heritage. Mixtecs are indigenous Mesoamerican peoples of a particular region of Mexico. After Cortez landed in 1519, European (Spanish) blood began to mingle with Indigenous persons. New peoples, experiences, and stories emerged—our stories.
With respect to my paternal great-great-great-grandfather:
Antonio Lopez, born 1795 in Zacatlàn, Puebla, Mexico.
Also to my maternal great-great-grandmother:
Maria Ignacia Gutierrez, born 1835 in Cusihuiriachi, Chihuahua, Mexico.
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