Latino civil rights leader to speak Thursday

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April 26, 2004 // UPDATED 1:22 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Civil rights leader Raul Yzaguirre, president of the National Council of La Raza, will speak about urban education Thursday, April 29 at a free lecture open to the public at the Downtown campus of the University of St. Thomas.

The address is part of a St. Thomas School of Education Julian Parker Lecture Series. Parker served as dean of the graduate school at Xavier University in New Orleans and worked on race and diversity issues while at St. Thomas on an exchange program.

The National Council of La Raza is a leading Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group for Hispanic Americans. Born in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, Yzaguirre has worked as a community activist since the age of 15.

He is the recipient of several honors for his civil rights work, including the Rockefeller Public Service Award from Princeton University and the Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest honor Mexico bestows on non-citizens.

According to 2000 Census figures, Hispanics are the fastest-growing minority group in Minnesota. Organizers say the lecture will delve into issues and challenges Hispanics face in schools.

The lecture will be held 6:30 p.m. in the Thornton Auditorium of Terrence Murphy Hall, 1000 LaSalle Ave. Reservations are required.

To reserve seats, call 651-962-4455 or visit and click on Institutes, Conference and Events.