Sandra Enriquez, “Dreams of Our Mothers: Mexican American Grassroots Activism and the Creation of La Fe Clinic in South El Paso, Texas”

Date(s) - 02/02/2018
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Cockefair Hall, #215


In 1967, an unfortunate accident resulting in the death of a young girl rallied the community of South El Paso to bring accessible and quality healthcare to the area. In the midst of the Chicana/o Movement, a group of single mothers and grandmothers, organized the community of South El Paso to bring affordable care to the area. This talk will examine grassroots efforts in the creation of the Father Rahm Family Health Clinic (now La Fe clinic), where these visionary women combatted the lack of healthcare in the neighborhood while launching a movement to fight poverty and social ills. From a one-room clinic with a volunteer staff to the now multimillion institution, these grassroots activists envisioned and created one of the most respected social justice non-profit organizations along the U.S.-México border. Join us on 2 February 2018 at 1 PM in Cockefair Hall 215 for Dr. Sandra Enriquez’ talk as part of the History Department’s “First Fridays” Lecture Series in New Historical Research.