From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, Hispanic culture and history is celebrated during National Hispanic Heritage Month. The culture, history and contributions of people from Hispanic communities, including Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean and Central and South America, are observed as a chance to learn from a diverse group of people. Every year the Michigan State University group, Culturas de las Razas Unidas (C.R.U.), organizes an event called Brown Pride, which is “an educational/cultural experience that is meant to educate students of all cultures about issues facing the Latino community and how we can change that in hopes of seeing success and growth in the community,” during National Hispanic Heritage Month.
C.R.U. is a student group focused on the social and academic success of students, especially those within the Latino community.
“We do this through throwing events and hosting general body meetings that bring awareness of our culture and heritage,” said Pablo Lopez, an executive board members of C.R.U. Such events include Brown Pride, the spring talent show Latin Xplosion and cultural workshops. “We don’t stick to one culture; we try to include all Latino culture,” said Marten Munoz, the public relations officer for C.R.U.
C.R.U. was formed in the 1990s after evolving the Movimento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEXA) in order to support all Latino students at MSU. C.R.U. has since become one of MSU’s four groups that make up the Council of Racial and Ethnic Students. The Cesar Chavez Collection in the library came about because of peaceful protests from C.R.U. In the ’90s, members of C.R.U. checked out all the American history books and placed them in a moving van they had rented, protesting the extreme lack of Latino history books. “Their main goal of that was to state if we can’t learn about our history neither can you,” said Lopez. C.R.U. has been involved in peaceful protests across campus since its formation.
C.R.U. will continue to support and spread awareness and knowledge of the Latino culture and community.
Ian Terry is a professional writing major. He is the Head Writer for the Telecaster show, TURN and a first-degree black belt in karate. He has a self-published a novel, Monster Seeker 2: Rise of the Phoenix King, and a short story, Bad Liar Society.