Latinx Georgia Oral History

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Georgia--Local, History


The Latinx Georgia Oral History Project is part of a partnership with the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies and the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) to collect and preserve the modern history of Georgia Latinx communities through oral history interviews, organizational records and other collections. Oral histories will be a bilingual collection of first-person, Latinx personal narratives and experiences about life in Georgia.

The use of "Latinx" in this project aims to decenter the gender binary which is often implicit in the use of the male "Latino" and the female equivalent, "Latina." Latinx allows for a more complete representation of the varied voices that make up a community which include non-binary, transgender, and gender noncomforming individuals. Grounded in queer activist efforts and taken up by academia in spaces such as Critical Ethnic Studies, Latinx Studies, and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, the use of "Latinx" grounds this oral history project in important contemporary conversations about inclusivity and representation.


Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO)


Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies







Interviews in this Collection (5):


Brenda Lopez Romero was born in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and immigrated to Georgia with her parents while she was a young child. As a first generation scholar, Romero recounts her experiences dealing with racism within public schools, university, and the…


Sam Zamarripa was born in Fort Benning to a Mexican immigrant and an American national. As his father was in the military, Zamarripa’s family moved often, but he considers himself a Southerner. In this interview, Zamarripa discusses his…


Jeffrey Tapia is the former Executive Director of the Latin American Association (LAA) as well as the former Director of Hispanic Services at Catholic Social Services. Tapia has dedicated her life to serving the Latino community through outreach. In…


This interview was recorded remotely. Maritza Soto Keen is an associate director and senior public service faculty at the Fanning Institute at the University of Georgia. Keen has also spent many years leading the Latin American Association as the…


Isabel Gonzalez Whitaker was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina to Cuban refugees before they settled in Atlanta. Throughout her career, Whitaker has worked various jobs in journalism, with one of her earliest positions being booker and producer of…

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