We are the Future: Los Nuevos Americanos

Published on: November 06, 2008

With the rise of the Mexican-American population and the changing political climate, the role of Mexican-Americans is changing, making them important players in American's future.

Author and activist, Dr. José Ángel Gutiérrez will visit Lone Star College-Kingwood to delve into this subject on Thursday, November 13.  Dr. Gutiérrez will speak twice during the day.  At 3 p.m., he will give a presentation to students, faculty and staff of LSC-Kingwood and then at 6:30 p.m. the community is invited to attend a presentation in the Teaching Theatre of Classroom Building A (CLA 114).  A reception and book signing will follow the evening presentation at 8 p.m.

Gutiérrez, an activist since the 1960's, has an intimate and extensive knowledge of the subject.  He was active during the Chicano movement and founder and co-founder of several organizations such as the Mexican American Youth Organization (MAYO) and the Mexican American Unity Council (MAUC) and the La Raza Unida Party among others.  He is noted in many history and political science books for his activism.  He founded the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) at the University of Texas at Arlington in 1994 and is now a professor of political science at that college and a practicing lawyer, published author, and international speaker.

Given the present political culture and the recent election of a new president, Dr. Gutiérrez will have much to say on the impact of the Mexican-American population on politics.  In addition, he will speak to the economic and educational issues affecting Mexican-Americans.  He will provide detailed demographic maps and figures to illustrate the current and future growth of this important demographic group.

"The people of Mexican heritage have grown into a significant political group," he said. "Women will play a key role in leading us in the next 3 to 4 decades."

LSC-Kingwood history professor Raul Reyes says "Dr. Gutiérrez's presentation is important in the sense that, post-election, he's going to touch on many of the dimensions as related to the Hispanic or Mexican-American/Mexican immigration population in terms of demographics and how that will affect America's future."

Professor Reyes encourages the community to come out and promises that Dr. Gutierrez's presentation will not be boring, but thought provoking.  He compares Dr. Gutiérrez to César Chávez but with an attitude and the closest thing there is to a Mexican-American Malcolm X.

"It's going to be a very entertaining presentation.  Dr. Gutiérrez is a dynamic speaker who speaks his mind.  He's debated Pat Buchanan and Bill O'Reilly and has appeared on the Jerry Springer show with members of the Klan debating racism.  Rest assured you will not be bored."

Dr. Gutiérrez's presentation will provide the kick-off to International Education Week at LSC-Kingwood, November 17 through November 20.  International Education Week provides an opportunity for students to learn about the different nationalities and cultures of their peers and celebrate this global world we live and work in.   On Monday, a flag ceremony and parade will kick the week off, followed by a Kingworld festival featuring live music, free food, international displays and interactive games on Tuesday.  On Wednesday students are invited to partake of an "International Potluck" with entertainment provided by the international students.  Thursday wraps up the week with a closing ceremony, pizza party and film premiere.  To find out more about the International Education Week, contact John Turner at 281-312-1795.

For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit our Web site at Kingwood.LoneStar.edu.

Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including Cy-Fair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and the Lone Star College-University Center. With 49,250 students, it is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.