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Richard Rios

Richard Rios is a retired English and Chicano Studies teacher after 33 years at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton. Born in Modesto in 1939, the son of Mexican immigrants, he graduated from Modesto High School in 1957. He went on to study art at the College of Arts in Oakland, earning an Master’s Degree in 1962. He began teaching at Delta in 1972. In 1985, he received a Master’s Degree in English at California State University, Turlock. He was inducted into Stockton’s Mexican American Hall of Fame in 1992 and received the S.T.A.R. (Stockton’s Top Artist) Award in 2008. He is a founding member of the Artistas del Valle and the Mexican Heritage Center and an editor and contributing writer to “Joaquin” magazine. An artist, he plays guitar and sings, writes poetry, and is author of the book “Song From the Barrio: A Coming of Age in Modesto, Ca.” (available in Kindle edition & on Amazon.com), a collection of stories and poems about his life growing up in a small Mexican barrio in south Modesto during the 40s, 50s and 60s. He is a regular speaker, performer and organizer for various cultural events in the Stockton area. Visit more of Richard’s writing at www.chican-izmo.blogspot.com.

New Latino Milestones… Ay, Caramba!!

  Two recent stories on the front page, mind you, of Stockton’s, The Record, grabbed my immediate attention. The first, pertained to new findings that show that more Latinos than whites are being accepted in to the   UC system. Now, that might not seem like good news to some, but you need to understand that [...]

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Kudos to Mexican Heritage Center on Awarding of $15,000 Grant!

And Kudos to the Center’s new President, Gracie Madrid who was instrumental in submitting the proposal to San Joaquin County. The project consists of three(3) components.  The activities will involve students in high quality art, music and folkloric dance to elementary school students in grades 4-8.  Each separate activity, will have a qualified facilitator who [...]

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Whats’s New at the Mexican Heritage Center?

Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery 111 S. Sutter Stockton, CA What’s Up in the Gallery? The Visual Art High School Showcase  will run April 1st – the 30th.   This display features selected artwork from Stockton Unified School District students ranging from 9th – 12th grade.   Friday, April 11th beginning at 5:30 is the opening [...]

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Music to the Grave

I can’t say how many times my compadres and I have played our guitars and sung for rosaries and funerals, sometimes for family, sometimes for friends, sometimes for total strangers. We usually had a list of stock songs, mostly religious ones, ones I had learned in church, both Spanish and English. But sometimes, we would [...]

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Review of My Book by Rosa Martha Villarreal

While others, readers and friends, colleagues have done reviews of my book, “Songs From the Barrio: A Coming of Age in Modesto, Ca.”, one of the best is written for, Somos En Escrito, by my dear friend, teacher and author Rosa Martha Villarreal who has published several books including one of my favorite ones, a [...]

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Las Mañanitas: Poem For Cesar Chavez on His Birthday

  The Brown Saint: Cesar Chavez ****************************                          You peer downward now, a gaze                         of satisfaction. The banner of                         Our Lady of Guadalupe flutters                         behind you; symbol of hope and                         faith.  Smiling, you nod at the                         browbeaten men women and                         children, once so silent, so humble;                         [...]

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Student Artists to Show at Mexican Heritage Center

The center will host the “Visual Art High School Showcase”, artwork by SUSD students, grades 9-12 from Tuesday, April 1 to Wednesday, April 30. A reception to honor the student artists will be held at the center, 111 S. Sutter St. Stockton, Ca, on Friday, April 11 from 5:30-7:30. Stop by to see the exhibit [...]

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Cesar Chavez Movie: Plugging up the Gaping Hole

History is a continuum of events often with no obvious relation to one another. If you want to tell the story of M, for example, you sometimes need to explain how L contributed to it. But then, you get caught in having to tell how K set the groundwork for L and how the two [...]

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Cesar Chavez: The Good, The Bad, and The Indefensible?

Today’s Op-Ed piece in Stockton’s The Record by columnist Ruben Navarette seeks to make a point, though weakly, about the darker side of Cesar Chavez. I think we are all familiar with the “pecadillos” (little sins) or “pecadótes” (big ones) of our heroes, and learn to our dismay, that individuals like Bill Clinton, John Kennedy [...]

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Getting The Short End of the Stick?

I was moved to read and hear in the news that President Obama recently held a ceremony to award belated Medals of Honor to some 24 men of color, men who had been passed over for some reason or another, probably because of their color or ethnicity, men who had distinguished themselves in several of [...]

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