Latino leader to speak at WMC celebration

September 16, 2001

Western Maryland College will celebrate the first campus-wide celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month with a lecture by Latino leader Raul Yzaguirre at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Baker Memorial Chapel.

Yzaguirre recently appeared on network television and National Public Radio to discuss the latest census data, which confirms skyrocketing growth in the country's Hispanic population. At WMC, he will talk about the objectives of the National Council of La Raza, an advocacy group for Hispanic Americans, and the group's work to empower Hispanics.

Yzaguirre has worked on behalf of Latino Americans for more than 35 years and has helped make NCLR the most influential and highly respected Hispanic organization in the country.

Since joining NCLR in 1974, he has been honored numerous times for his work in Mexico and the United States.

Yzaguirre is president of the Mexican and American Solidarity Foundation, a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and of the board of directors of numerous organizations, including the Enterprise Foundation, the National Democratic Institute and the Hispanic Association for Corporate Responsibility.

The WMC lecture is free to the public. Information: 410-857-2290.

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