Monday, April 29, 2013

Durham County Library Hosts Discussion on Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is more than just an excuse to visit your favorite Mexican restaurant in Durham.

Durham County Library will host Dr. Altha Cravey as she leads a discussion on the significance of Cinco de Mayo and why it is celebrated in the United States. The program will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 5 at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro Street. Light refreshments will be served.

The American Cinco de Mayo celebration originated in the Mexican-American communities of the American West in the 1860s. It grew in popularity and evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, first in areas with large Mexican-American populations, like Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston. Eventually it expanded across the United States. In 2005, the President of the United States issued a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe Cinco de Mayo with appropriate ceremonies and activities. It is celebrated regionally in México primarily in the state of Puebla where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla). In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces in 1862.

Cravey is an associate professor of geography at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where much of her research and teaching is focused on Latin America and Latinos in the southern United States.

For more information, contact Judith Quijano, at 919-560-0157. Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

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