As we head into this Thanksgiving weekend, I am thankful that I have been able to do work that is meaningful.
In 2013, I produced the KCTS 9 documentary LATINOS: The Changing Face of Washington. It examined the history and growth of Latinos in Washington state in politics, education, entrepreneurship and immigration. Two years later, I am pleased to say the program is still relevant.
In September and October, as we celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month, the King County Library System held screenings of the documentary in Bellevue, Renton and White Center. It was gratifying to share the program with Latino community members and others who turned out to watch it and talk about the issues that continue to face the Latino community today. I want to thank former state representative Phyllis Gutierrez-Kenney, who was profiled in the film, for joining me at the screenings for the follow-up discussions. My appreciation to the King County Library System’s Spanish-speaking Services Specialist Teresa Luengo Cid, and Diversity Services Coordinator Jo Anderson Cavinta, as well as the other staff that helped to organize the screenings and discussions.
I also had the opportunity to keynote the Latino heritage celebration hosted by the King County Superior Court thanks to Judge Veronica Galvan.
On November 18th, the documentary was screened by the Highline Historical Society. They plan to use it as part of a community engagement effort to document the Latino experience in the Highline area. They will be recording oral histories with Latino families and use the information to create an exhibit that will travel to the cities of Sea- Tac, Burien and Normandy Park.
For me, this is exciting. As a producer, reporter and now in my new role as KCTS 9’s Director of Community Partnerships, my goal is to tell good stories and to build strong community relationships. The stories and the community engagements will hopefully inform, educate, motivate and inspire. It is even more important in these tense times when fear and ignorance are pervasive. Enjoy your Thanksgiving and if you get a chance look up the definition of humanity. We need it.