Duardo Family - Longtime Highland Park Residents

Josefina Duardo along with her nine children, moved to Highland Park in 1954 and was one of the first Latino families in the neighborhood. She is accompanied with her daughter Lisa, Project Coordinator for North East Trees, and son Oscar, co-founder of the Milagro Allegro Community Garden in Highland Park. Their tradition of activism derives from Josefina's bravery, as she contributed largely to bilingual education in light of the abuse suffered by her children in the Los Angeles public school system in the 1950s and 1960s. The Duardos, as veteran Highland Park residents, have been consistently active voices in civic planning changes and concerns. In addition to establishing the history of building Latino identity in Highland Park, the Duardo's share their thoughts on housing and development from a homeowner's perspective.

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