Texas Tech Celebrates Mexico’s Independence from Spain

The Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center kicks off Hispanic Heritage month.

WHAT:           El Grito Celebration

WHEN:           8 p.m., Monday (Sept. 15)

WHERE:         Student Union Building, Texas Tech University

WHO:             El Grito, or “the cry,” will feature many presentations that explore the history and traditions of Mexican culture. Live coverage of Mexico City’s El Grito celebration will be shown as individuals countdown to the anniversary of Mexico’s independence. Bishop Placido Rodriguez is the guest speaker for this event and will explain the history and themes of this important day. The gathering begins at 8 p.m. and the presentation begins at 9:30 p.m.

El Grito represents one of the most iconic Mexican civic celebrations. On Sept. 16, 1810, father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a parish priest, rang the bell of the parish and called Mexicans to rise against the Spanish crown and fight for independence.

Individuals are encouraged to wear green, white and red. This event is free and open to the public.

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CONTACT:  Ricky Sherfield, lead coordinator, Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-8681 or ricky.sherfield@ttu.edu.