1970: Molly Blakely Starts the Fiesta Mixicana in Grand Rapids

September 18, 2018 all-day

Hispanic Heritage Month September 15-October 15

In 1970, the annual Fiesta Mixicana began in Grand Rapids as the brainchild of Molly Blakely. “I wanted to show my children as well as the people here that we did have a culture, a heritage,” said Ms. Blakely. “And even though we spoke a different language, we were still Americans.” This Mexican American woman grew up in Texas where the Hispanic traditions were an important part of her life. Read more about her.

Source : Greater Grand Rapids’ Women’s History Council Calendar.

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