In Spanish speaking countries October 12th is a holiday known as Dia de la Raza or the day that Christopher Columbus arrived in America. Here at Texas A&M University-Kingsville the Language & Literature department in conjunction with the Hispanic Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi, celebrated it with a Spanish read-out.
“The purpose of today’s event is to celebrate the encounter of the worlds in the Americas,” said Marco O. Iniguez, Spanish professor. “We celebrate the heritage and the literary footprints that poets, writers and historians have left.”
Iniguez said that they celebrate by reading the poems of the writers and the historian’s stories.
“Also talking of those who doesn’t have a voice; the workers, the immigrants, the women,” Iniguez said
The read-out that lasted for about four hours gives the opportunity for students, faculty and staff to stop by and read in public pieces their favorite books or even just to listen to the other attendees that are reading.
“The readings were all great, they were all something we could all feel and have something in common,” said Gerardo Guel, senior Speech Communications major.
Guel said that Dia de la Raza is a way to celebrate the Hispanic heritage and where we are from and that is just the day we all celebrate as one.
Jonathan Honorato, senior Spanish & Psychology major and member of sigma delta pi also participated in the read out.
“I think this event is very good for Hispanic heritage, especially here in the City of Kingsville, because I know lots of people with Hispanic names that don’t speak Spanish,” Honorato said.
Honorato also said that these types of events are great to influence people about the heritage we have.
Throughout the four hours that the read out took place people stopped by the pavillion after class or between classes to be part of or witness the event.
Iniguez said that his favorite part of the event is to listen to the students, because everyone has the ability of talking and expressing their ideas, but courage is needed to speak in public.
He said Dia de la Raza has been celebrated at TAMUK for the past four years; however, this year’s celebration had an increase in attendees than previous years.