Richard Alfred Tapia awarded National Medal of Science

Richard Alfred Tapia is a highly respected American mathematician who has championed minority students in the sciences.  On September 28, 2011, US President Barack Obama awarded Tapia and 11 other scientists the National Medal of Science. Tapia created four day workshops on computational science for teachers from schools with high minority enrollments.  He has also mentored minority PhD students in science.   (Please see March 25, 1939 for more information on Tapia).

Mexican Museum Opens the Tequila Don Julio Collection

The Mexican Museum in San Francisco, California, opened the Tequila Don Julio Collection on September 23, 2011.  This art collection reflected the modern, dynamic artistic expression of Mexican and Mexican-American people. The Mexican Museum was founded in 1975. The mission of The Mexican Museum is to voice the complexity and richness of Latino art and culture throughout the Americas, and to engage and facilitate dialogue among the broadest public.

Gael Garcia Bernal and ‘The Invisibles’

Mexican actor and Hollywood star Gael Garcia Bernal interviewed with NPR (National Public Radio) News to discuss “The Invisibles”, a series of short documentaries on Central American people traveling through Mexico to reach the US.  The Central Americans are victimized by criminal and drug gangs in Mexico, and many who cannot pay ransoms or secure funds are murdered.  Bernal spent time interviewing migrants and the Mexican people who work to assist them, saying that, “I think I’ve seen the best of humanity in terms of fraternity, the people that travel – that do this journey together. They are embarking themselves on the biggest adventure of their lives and they are doing it for the better of their kids and their families. There’s no other interest other than this.”

First biannual Celebración Artística de las Américas

With music, song and art, the first biannual Celebración Artística de las Américas (CALA) Festival was celebrated in Arizona on September 14, 2011. The CALA Alliance is an Arizona community-based organization dedicated to educating and inspiring all Arizonans about the richness of the Latino cultural heritage.  The Festival includes performances, exhibits, in-school activities, food, and events over a period of about two months in multiple venues across the state.  More information about these courageous souls and their mission is available at