Dr. Cynthia Orozco will discuss her new book, Agent of Change: Adela Sloss-Vento, Mexican American Civil Rights Activist and Texas Feminist, the first comprehensive biography of the formidable civil rights activist and feminist whose grassroots organizing in Texas made her an influential voice in the fight for equal rights for Mexican Americans. Although unknown, Adela Sloss-Vento was a pioneer and major Latina civil rights activist in the Mexican American civil rights movement (1920-1963) and the Chicano movement (1963-1978). She was a civil rights leader, public intellectual, and an advocate for ethnic rights, labor rights, immigrant rights, and women rights.
Dr. Cynthia E. Orozco chairs the History, Humanities, and Social Sciences Department at Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso. She is the author of “No Mexicans, Women or Dogs Allowed: The Rise of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement (University of Texas Press, 2009)” and is a Texas State Historical Association Fellow.
Admission is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required.