The thick, hot dust rose in the air as she and her people fled. The young girl cried – they’d had to leave her grandmother behind.
The barking dogs of white soldiers and slave catchers sounded in the distance. Would they make it?
As soon as they crossed the border, setting up camp at the base of the Sierra Madre mountains, she shouted with relief.
They were tired of fighting racism. American enslavement had nearly crushed their spirits. But was it really safe in their new land, Mexico? Would their new country try to enslave them as well?
No! Lucia Vazquez Valdez and her descendants founded one of the first Black Mexican villages, and lived free! They spent the next 170 years building their community and adapting Mexican culture and language to their own.
We must fight for liberation using any means at our disposal – sometimes by escaping from a hostile area to a more just one. How are you thriving in the face of oppression?