The Mexican American Studies Toolkit

Author(s): Tony Diaz

Edition: 1

Copyright: 2017

Pages: 282


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The Mexican American Studies Toolkit is designed to provide educators with the most up-to-date approach to contemporary issues in Social Studies, History, Rhetorical Analysis, Ethnic Studies, and more. This series combines the research of leading scholars on topics that have permanently shaped the Mexican American identify in academia, alongside the art and activism that brought that work to the attention of the nation.

The Mexican American Studies Toolkit:

  • addresses issues that are prevalent today
  • provides the tools for teachers to engage students through social media and multimedia as well as the classic media of books.
  • designed by scholars, teachers, writers, and activists who not only understand the research and its influence on modern issues, but who also know how to thrill and educate students in the classroom.
  • marks the next era in multicultural, multi-media education.


About the Author



Indigenous Roots

Where Are the Aztec Books?

Twenty Books

How Do You Build a Skyscraper?

Aztec 2.0

Only Art Can Save Us

Who Gets to Tell Their Story?

Dance of Generations

Lost History

The Other Slavery

Danza Azteca

Danza Azteca Taxcayolotl

The Legacy of Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead

Honoring Dia de Los Muertos at Casa Ramirez

Folk Art Gallery

The 5 Stages of Grief You’ll Go Through When

Realizing There’s Now “Dia de los Muertos Beer”

More Than Hispanic Heritage Month

March 31: The End of a Legacy and the Beginning of One

March 31: The Legacy of Selena

Dolores: The Tip of the Pyramid

The Rock Star and the Activist

Primary Source: Interviewing Dolores Huerta

Asking Dolores: Teatro Campesino and the Ethnic

Studies Ban

More History

About Houston Latino Film Festival




Librotraficante Dictionary

Which Word Is Right: “Hispanic” or “Latino”?

All Educated With No Place to Go

by Tony Diaz

Take the Cultural Quiz

Data for the Real World

Mexican American Studies Day, May 1, 2015

by Tony Diaz

Legally Defining Terms

The Legally White, Socially Brown Latino

by Lupe E. Salinas

Mexicans Ain’t White: The Gus Garcia Story

by Tony Diaz


Lost Histories

Six Flags

Tip of The Pyramid

U.S. History Ignoring Spanish, Mexican Contributions

by José Antonio López

Mexican American World War II Veterans

The Stories of Mexican American World War II Veterans

Identity: From Mexican American to Chicana/o, 1930–1980

by Dr. Jesse Esparza, Texas Southern University


The Struggle for Ethnic Studies

A History of Chicana and Chicano Studies: From the Third

World Liberation Front to the Ban on Ethnic Studies

by Dr. Jesus Jesse Esparza

The Librotraficante: Defying Arizona’s Anti-Ethnic

Studies Law

Librotraficante Founders

I Didn’t Ask to Be a Book Smuggler The Librotraficante

Movement and the Battle for Ethnic Studies

By Claire M. Massey MA

Voices: The American Dream Through Our Books

by Tony Diaz

The Librotraficante Caravan: A Multimedia Showcase



The Future of Immigration Is the Past

Ciudad de la Muerte

by Cecilia Balli

Danos un Corazón Fuerte Para Luchar (Give Us A Strong

Heart to Continue the Struggle) Living Undocumented

by Rhonda Ríos Kravitz, Marisela Hernandez,

Ernest Gutiérrez, Violeta Urizar, and Osca Sarabia


Tell Your Story

The Anthropoet: A Manifesto

by Tim Hernandez

Introduction to Houston Huelga Schools

The Denver Harbor Huelga School—

An Interview with Dr. Flores .

A Response to Gil Scott-Heron’s

“A Poem for Jose Campos Torres”

What We Didn’t Know—I (Judge Ben Connally and I)

When She Walked In .

by Lupe Mendez


Only Art Can Save Us: Maps to the Heart

and Soul of Mexican Americans

Top 10 Chicano Films for M.A.S.

by Tony Diaz

Chicana Films Need to Be Included in Mexican American

Studies Curricula. Award-Winning Filmmaker

Linda Garcia Merchant Tells Us Why!

by Linda Garcia Merchant

2012 MAS Banned Curriculum Book List

Complied by Elaine Romeo

The Original MAS TUSD Teachers

Every Week Is Banned Books Week for Chicanos

by Tony Diaz

Tony Diaz

Tony Diaz Diaz, El Librotraficante, is a political analyst on "What's Your Point" Fox 26 Houston. He also hosts the weekly bilingual radio program Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say which covers Latino Literature, Art, and Politics on KPFT 90.1 FM Houston. His essays have appeared in the Houston Chronicle, Texas Observer, Fox News Latino,, the Los Angeles Times, and Huffington Post Latino Voices, among other publications.

Diaz founded Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writer Having Their Say (NP) in April of 1998 in Houston, Texas. NP began as a monthly reading series featuring nationally renowned authors and new writers from the community. The group grew to include the weekly radio program, Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say, which has aired on 90.1 FM KPFT, Houston, Texas since 2001; the Latino Book and Family Festival-the largest book fair in Houston and one of the largest in Texas; the NP MFA Initiative which cultivated more Latinos with Master’s Degrees in Writing than the University of Houston Creative Writing Program, and many other programs. The Nuestra Palabra Collection is housed at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, part of the Special Collections Division of the Houston Public Library System. Nuestra Palabra radio show broadcasts are archived at the University of Houston Libraries and Special Collections.

Nuestra Palabra formed the basis for the Librotraficantes. Diaz made national and international news when he led the Librotraficantes in defying Arizona's ban of Mexican American Studies. He along with 4 veteranos of Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say: Liana Lopez aka Librotraficante Lilo, Bryan Parras aka Librotraficante HighTechAztec, Laura Acosta aka Librotraficante La Laura, and Lupe Mendez aka Librotraficante Lips Mendez organized the 2012 Librotraficante Caravan to smuggle books banned books in Tucson back into Arizona. The Librotraficantes began underground libraries across the southwest and joined a national movement to put into check Arizona’s ban of Ethnic Studies. The group has gone on to continue defending Freedom of Speech, Intellectual Freedom, and promoting Ethnic Studies.

Diaz currently resides in Houston where he is the Director of Intercultural Initiatives at Lone Star College-North Harris and a professor of Mexican American Studies. He is the author of the novel The Aztec Love God, the editor of the anthology Latino Heretics, and is included in Hecho En Tejas: The Anthology of Texas Mexican Literature as well as other publications.




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