CSUSB Holds Annual Mexican Independence

Cal State San Bernardino celebrates Mexico's Independence Day with festivities on campus, September 15

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: September 11, 2014

CSUSB Holds Annual Mexican Independence

Cal State San Bernardino will celebrate Mexico's Independence Day with festivities on campus as well as the historic Cry for Freedom, "El Grito," on Monday, Sept. 15.

Co-sponsored by CSUSB's Latino Education and Advocacy Days project and the Mexican consulate in San Bernardino, the celebration will be held in the university's Lower Commons Patio beginning at 6 p.m.

The celebration, which is free and open to the public, will include live music, cultural performances and a variety of Mexican foods that will be sold at booths. Free parking is available in Lot D. Large screen projectors will be set up to view the live-feed of the re-enactment and celebration from Mexico City.

In addition, during the festivities, the Mexican consul, Carolina Zaragoza Flores, will present her country's prestigious Ohtli award to Enrique Murillo, a professor of education at Cal State San Bernardino and the executive director and founder of the Latino Education and Advocacy Days summit, an annual conference held at the university that focuses on educational issues affecting Latinos at the national, regional and local levels.

The Ohtli award is considered the highest honor bestowed by the government of Mexico to an individual in recognition of his or her work to help empower Mexican and Mexican-American communities in the United States.

Also, state Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown will be presenting to Murillo a framed copy of the state Assembly Concurrent Resolution 109, which commends LEAD for its 2014 summit held in March. It acknowledges the history of academic excellence, the extraordinary caliber of service, and formally recognizes the last week of March annually as a statewide week of advocacy for Latino education.

It was more than 200 years ago in the Mexican village of Dolores that the parish priest, Father Miguel Hidalgo, rang his church bell and yelled his cry for freedom from Spanish tyranny in what launched the war for Mexican independence.

To commemorate the "Cry for Freedom," on the evening of Sept. 15, the day before Mexican Independence Day, the president of Mexico will ring the bell of the National Palace in Mexico City. After ringing the bell, the president will repeat a cry for patriotism, which is known as "El Grito."

He then reads the names of the important heroes of the Mexican War of Independence and ends with the threefold shout of ?íViva M?®xico! to the assembled crowd in the Plaza de la Constituci??n, or Z??calo, one of the largest public plazas in the world.

The celebration is commemorated and enacted in plazas in cities and towns all over Mexico; and in Mexican embassies, consulates, and by Mexicans and Mexican-Americans world-wide.

For more information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university's Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit

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