Making the MexiRican City with Delia Fernández-Jones in conversation with Dr Randal Jelks

Monday, March 13, 2023 - 6:30pm

Schuler Books
2660 28th Street SE 
Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Delia Fernández-Jones merges storytelling with historical analysis to recapture the placemaking practices that these Mexicans, Tejanos, and Puerto Ricans used to create a new home for themselves in Grand Rapids. We are thrilled to host her in conversation with Dr. Randall Jelks!

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About the Book
Large numbers of Latino migrants began to arrive in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the 1950s. They joined a small but established Spanish-speaking community of people from Texas, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Delia Fernández-Jones merges storytelling with historical analysis to recapture the placemaking practices that these Mexicans, Tejanos, and Puerto Ricans used to create a new home for themselves. 

Faced with entrenched white racism and hostility, Latinos of different backgrounds formed powerful relationships to better secure material needs like houses and jobs and to recreate community cultural practices. Their pan-Latino solidarity crossed ethnic and racial boundaries and shaped activist efforts that emphasized working within the system to advocate for social change. In time, this interethnic Latino alliance exploited cracks in both overt and structural racism and attracted white and Black partners to fight for equality in social welfare programs, policing, and education.

Groundbreaking and revelatory, Making the MexiRican City details how disparate Latino communities came together to respond to social, racial, and economic challenges.

 

About the Author:
Delia Fernández-Jones is an assistant professor of history at Michigan State University.

About the Conversationalist: 
Randal Maurice Jelks is a professor, a documentary producer, and the author of African Americans in the Furniture City and Benjamin Elijah Mays, Schoolmaster of the Movement. Jelks has most recently written Faith and Struggle in the Lives of Four African Americans: Ethel Waters, Mary Lou Williams, Eldridge Cleaver and Muhammad Ali. He was an executive producer of the documentary I, Too, Sing America: Langston Hughes Unfurled. He currently teaches American Studies, African Studies, and African American Studies at the University of Kansas.
 

 
Making the MexiRican City: Migration, Placemaking, and Activism in Grand Rapids, Michigan (Latinos in Chicago and Midwest) By Delia Fernández-Jones Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780252086946
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Click on title for location specific availability.
Published: University of Illinois Press - February 28th, 2023