Defend the Honor

By Alex Meneses Miyashita

More than two weeks after the release of Ken Burns’ the War on PBS, Latino advocates at the forefront of the effort to have the Hispanic contribution in World War II included in the film insist the issue is far from settled.

During a town hall meeting at the GALA Hispanic Theater in Washington, D.C., Oct. 8, leaders of nearly half dozen Hispanic groups promised to continue pressing PBS so that the omission of Latinos in future historical projects never happens again.

“They (PBS) know this can’t ever happen again,” said Alex Nogales, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition. “We can never be complacent again.”
The Coalition has a scheduled meeting with PBS Nov. 7.

“We’re going to PBS, so that we know exactly what they are going to do in terms of opening the doors to Latinos both in front and in the back of the camera, in terms of procurement, in terms of governance, in terms of philanthropy,” Nogales told Hispanic Link.

Nogales acknowledged that PBS has made “the first step” in achieving the aforementioned goal through the hiring of a diversity initiative director, Haydee Rodríguez, announced by the network Oct. 3.

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