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Latino Perspectives Magazine, RCI Honor Trailblazing Arizona Latinas

August 23, 2011

Six pioneering Latinas who left their mark on Arizona history and its communities were honored last spring by Latino Perspectives Magazine and the Raul H. Castro Institute at Phoenix College.

The 3rd annual Arizona Latina Trailblazers featured the life stories of pioneer Latinas, both historically and present day, during a festive and inspirational evening at the Phoenix Art Museum on March 24.

The honored women were: civil rights activist Cecilia Teyechea Denogeán Esquer; Tempe’s pioneer trailblazers Manuela Sánchez Sotelo and María Sotelo Miller; political pathfinder and Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Garrido Wilcox; and Tucson’s public servants Carmen Cajero and State Senator Olivia Cajero Bedford.

Generously sponsored by Salt River Project, the event featured moving and uplifting stories stories highlighting key aspects of the women’s lives as shared by family members, colleagues, and the women themselves. Those stories were shared in video format.

Each guest received a copy of Arizona Latina Trailblazers: Stories of Courage, Hope and Determination, Vol. III, authored by Dr. Christine Marin. The booklet is now part of the Arizona Latina Trailblazers collection contributed by the Raul H. Castro Institute and Latino Perspectives Magazine, available via the Arizona Memory Project at the state library’s website. Copies also will be distributed to all public libraries in the state.

To see the honorees from this year and last, visit the Phoenix College channel on YouTube.

If you know of an Arizona Latina Trailblazer, please forward their name to our email address: