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San Diego Author Captures ‘Spirit Of Chicano Park’ In New Children’s Book

An undated image of the cover of the bilingual children's book

Credit: Tolteca Press

Above: An undated image of the cover of the bilingual children's book "The Spirit of Chicano Park."

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The book's release coincides with the 50th anniversary of the founding of Chicano Park in San Diego's Barrio Logan neighborhood.

Aired: August 18, 2020 | Transcript

As Chicano Park in San Diego’s Barrio Logan neighborhood marks its 50th anniversary this year, a new bilingual children’s book is recounting the park’s founding history — from the first takeover of the land in the 1970s to the creation of the park.

“The Spirit of Chicano Park,” traces the community’s struggle to build the park through the eyes of two young children who move into the neighborhood. Author Beatrice Zamora, a longtime community leader, says profits from the sale of the book will go to the Chicano Park Steering Committee and the Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center.

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Zamora and illustrator Maira Meza joined Midday Edition on Tuesday to discuss what today’s youth can learn from the park’s history and how the book can help parents teach their children about recent protests against racial injustice.

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