Dr. Ellen Ochoa, a veteran astronaut, was the 11th director of the Johnson Space Center. She was JSC's first Hispanic director, and its second female director.
She became the first Hispanic woman to go to space when she served on the nine-day STS-56 mission aboard the space shuttle Discovery in 1993. She has flown in space four times, logging nearly 1,000 hours in orbit.
Born in California, Ochoa earned a bachelor's degree in physics from San Diego State University and a master's degree and doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University. She is a co-inventor on three patents and author of several technical papers.
Ochoa has been recognized with NASA's highest award, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award for senior executives in the federal government. She has received many other awards and is especially honored to have six schools named for her.
Frida Kahlo is one of Mexico's most famous artists and also something of a feminist icon, celebrated for her passionate indomitability in the face of life's trials. She's best known for her daring self-portraits depicting the suffering she experienced in her personal life. As a child Kahlo had polio; at the age of 18 she broke her right leg and pelvis in a horrific bus accident, leading to a lifetime of chronic pain. Partially immobile after the accident, Kahlo began painting in the late 1920s. During the '40s Kahlo gained international recognition for her colorful and sometimes gruesome paintings (as well as for her bold public persona), In fact, Frida Kahlo was the first Latin American artist to sell a painting for over $1 million, and in 2016, one of her original paintings sold for $8 million!
This Hispanic Heritage Month we celebrate Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta; they were Mexican-American labor leaders and civil both championed non-violent protests to bring social change rights.
Through self-sacrifice, a commitment to nonviolence, and their spirituality, César Chávez and Dolores Huerta changed a nation. Together they founded the farm worker movement, fought against agribusiness, and organized thousands of laborers so they could earn a living wage and have just working conditions.
They led selfless lives. Both forfeited time with their large and loving families to defend the human rights of farm workers; they lived in voluntary destitution so as not to drain resources from the movement. They also lived in jeopardy; their lives threatened many times.
With their passion and strength, Chávez and Huerta endured the hardships and passed along their values of service and community to their children.
Today Huerta continues la lucha, as do her children, their families, and Chávez’s children.
“It is my deepest belief that only by giving life do we find life.” -Chavez
To conclude Hispanic Heritage Month 2020, this week we are celebrating Latin music! Latin Music is as rich and diverse as the 34 countries and territories it represents. With a variety of genres and styles, it documents the historical journey of Hispanics around the world.
In 2018 Latin music was the fifth most popular and successful music genre in the U.S. surpassing country and EDM! Today, Latin music continues to increase popularity nationally and internationally!
Tillers, What is your favorite Hispanic Music genre? 🎵