Educator Denis O’Leary will be speaking on the topic “History and Significance of Cinco de Mayo”
Did you know that 42.3 percent of the population in Ventura County is Hispanic or Latino?
Yet you don’t have to have Mexican roots to party on Cinco de Mayo. While it’s great fun to indulge in margaritas, mariachi music and Mexican fare, many revelers are mistaken when they believe the event they are celebrating is Mexican Independence Day.
Cinco de Mayo possesses a history and significance all its own, and the Museum invited Denis O’Leary to tell you all about it—in advance of the big day.
With a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from CSU San Bernardino and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and BCLAD from Fresno Pacific, O’Leary has written about Latino culture and history, has served as an educator for nearly three decades, and represented the Oxnard School District as a Trustee for 16 years. A passionate advocate for educational issues, O’Leary has addressed immigrants’ and civil rights issues as a member of LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) and as Regional President for the California Association for Bilingual Education.
And as an interesting side note, in his role as a mediator, O’Leary once helped resolve a Geneva Convention violation between the Mexican government and Ventura County.