For Día De Los Muertos 2020, Those Lost To COVID-19 Crisis Are Top Of Mind
Día de los Muertos in San Antonio usually involves large crowds, singing, dancing, parades, ofrendas and other colorful festivities to commemorate loved ones who've passed. Things will be different in 2020.
What is the history and significance of this holiday, and how is it traditionally celebrated?
What will Día de los Muertos look like in 2020, given pandemic restrictions and the virus’ disproportionate impact on Latino communities?
Could it serve as an otherwise-absent national mourning for lives claimed by COVID-19 and racial injustice this year?
Why are Latinos bearing the brunt of the coronavirus health crisis in Texas and what can be done to turn the tide?
- Carmen Tafolla, Chicana writer, former poet laureate of San Antonio (2012-2014), Texas State Poet Laureate (2015) and Professor Emerita of Bicultural Bilingual Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio
- Norma Cantu, Chicana author, poet and Murchison Professor of the Humanities at Trinity University
- Amelie Ramirez, Dr.PH, M.P.H., director of Salud America! and the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio
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*This interview was recorded on Thursday, October 29.