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Mexican American Civil Rights Institute (MACRI) hosts successful virtual launch

First Published August 28th –

“On behalf of the Mexican American Civil Rights Institute (MACRI), we want to thank everyone that participated in the Somos MACRI virtual launch on Friday, August 14th. We are very pleased to share that the event reached over 25,000 viewers on Facebook that day, and the viewer reach has almost doubled in the two weeks since the event!

The half-day Somos MACRI virtual launch featured panels on the intersections of Mexican American civil rights history and the public humanities, public education, and ongoing struggles for social justice, and a presentation from MACRI’s founding board on the mission, vision, and guiding principles of this new national organization.

Respected leaders in education, public policy, and community advocacy from San Antonio and throughout the country, participated in the event’s panels, which are still available for viewing on MACRI’s Facebook page and YouTube page.  Featured speakers included Dr. Stephen Pitti of Yale University, Dr. David Montejano of the University of California, Berkeley, Celina Moreno, President and CEO of the Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA), and Rosie Castro, civil rights activist and former Bexar County Chair of La Raza Unida Party, and many more! 

MACRI had over two dozen community leaders submit video messages that shared stories, photographs, memorabilia, and messages of support for the institute dedicated to chronicling the history of Mexican American civil rights. MACRI has posted several of these videos, and we will continue to release more of them on the Facebook page over the next several weeks.

We were blown away by the public response to our virtual launch at a local and national level, and look forward to maintaining that momentum with a slate of upcoming virtual programs. Be sure to follow MACRI on Facebook and visit our website,, for more information about these upcoming events and future programming.”