Holiday Information

This page is a compilation of information we posted throughout the year on Black/African contributions to the respective holiday

Cinco de Mayo 

Black origins of Memorial Day

Memorial Day has long been known as a holiday to celebrate and honor America’s soldiers. It’s also the day that officially kicks off summer, a seasonal beginning that is typically celebrated with cookouts, picnics and fun in the sun. And, to some of our delight, it also represents the return of white shoes, pants and dresses.

While most of those traditions are beginning to return to normal as the coronavirus pandemic inches toward being under control in the U.S., one thing COVID-19 cannot do is erase the very real Black history behind the Memorial Day federal holiday.  

& Afro-Mexican History,
5 Things You May Not Know

#1 Around 200,000 Africans were brought to Mexico during the slave trade

#2 Gaspar Yanga is a national hero

#3 Pio Pico, the last Mexican governor of Alta California (now the state of California) had African, Native American, and Spanish Ancestry.

#4 There are 1.4 million Afro-Mexicans in the country today

#5 Black Mexicans still face racism