In our ongoing commitment to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve, KCET and Union Bank honor two ocal heroes of the Hispanic American community for their dedication and commitment to enrich the lives of others.
"I grew up hating myself as a Mexican because of negative portrayals I saw on TV and in films. I have devoted my life to opening up opportunities for Latinos in media so we can create positive, realistic portrayals of who we are."
For more than 40 years, Jesús Salvador Treviño's influential work as an activist, director, producer and writer continues to demystify Latino culture, history and issues to audiences worldwide. Mr. Treviño serves as a symbol of courage and a noteworthy reminder of the significance of heritage.
Mr. Treviño has documented pivotal moments in Mexican American history and is a living testament to the legendary events of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement. In 1968, Mr. Treviño participated and recorded a six day sit-in at Los Angeles Unified School District's boardroom to protest the ouster of Mexican American high school teacher Sal Castro and investigated the substandard education of Mexican American students.View Full Article
"At this stage in my life there are two principles that I embrace and are the driving forces behind my actions: Teach respect, compassion and dignity to our youth so that later in life they do not suffer the pain of their mistakes, and, I do not give because I have, rather I have because I give, and giving fills me with a satisfaction that is beyond me."
From Tuesday to Sunday, Teresa Campos Hernández has served delicious traditional dishes at her eatery, Teresita's Restaurant, since she and her husband, Antonio Hernández, first opened its doors in 1983. Located in East Los Angeles, the cuisine is derived from her homeland, El Teul Zacatecas, Mexico. In addition to serving these fine meals, Teresita's Restaurant also serves as a haven of hope and compassion to those in need, whether near or far.
Regarded as the "Angel de Los Angeles" by many community members, Mrs. Hernández's spirit of giving is immeasurable and her determination is unsurpassed. Grassroots and informal at best, the 77-year-old raises funds the old-fashioned way - by way of a jarrito, or collections jar, in the restaurant and through conversations with her guests. Mrs. Hernández's effective method of persuasion, organization and fundraising has earned the attention of key politicians such as Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar and Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina.View Full Article