Civil rights leaders gather to protest Senate Bill 3 at TAMU-CC

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Local activists and civil rights groups gathered in TAMU-CC’s Hector P. Garcia Square on Saturday to protest Senate Bill 3 at the rally “Our history will not be erased”.

They argued that the bill prevented schools from teaching historical figures like Martin Luther King Jr., Caesar Chavez and Susan B. Anthony.

NAACP Corpus Christi Chapter Chairman Jeremy Coleman said he was angered by the bill and said the NAACP will push lawmakers not to pass the bill.

“I plan, and the NAACP, we’ll go to Austin to let them know there’s a presence. They can’t eliminate and just erase history, ”Coleman said.

Event organizer and president of one of the Corpus Christi sections of LULAC Para Todos, Eric Holguin, said he organized the event because it is important to have a public voice on the bill .

“We are learning about so many people, mostly white people, and what they did in Texas. Why can’t we find out more about more than one Hispanic character? Why can’t we learn more about one or two black people who played an important role in the civil rights movement? We don’t have to choose or have just one person in place when it comes to this. We could teach a lot of things and we could teach all of that, ”Holguin said.

However, its demands are similar to what the bill mandates, requiring students in public schools from kindergarten to 12th grade to teach the importance of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the 13th Amendment, which freed them. slaves.

Other local leaders like Nancy Vera, president of the Corpus Christi chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, said Hispanic and women’s history is not being taught enough in Nueces County.

“The American Federation of Corpus Christi Teachers, we are calling for a commission, we are calling on organizations to come together to write an agenda to present to teachers so that teachers know more about our history,” Vera said.

However, the bill requires schools to teach the 19th Amendment, which gives women the right to vote and teach about the diversity of the Hispanic population.

Sylvia Campos attended the rally and said there was a disconnect between lawmakers and groups of people who want to share their story.

“We think we are not heard, but it is important. Your text, your call, your email is important, ”Campos said.

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