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September 23, 2016 AT 12:30 am

National Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrating Jovita Idár #HispanicHeritageMonth

Adafruit NationalHispanic Heritage Month blog

Jovita Idár– Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Jovita Idár was an American journalist, political activist and civil rights worker, born in Laredo, Texas in 1885. Idár strove to advance the civil rights of Mexican-Americans.

Idár served as the first president of the League of Mexican Women (La Liga Femenil Mexicanista). It was founded in October 1911 in Laredo to offer free education to Mexican children. Additional goals of the organization were to “unify the Mexican intellectuals of Texas around the issues of protection of civil rights, bilingual education, lynching of Mexicans, labor organizing and women’s concerns.”

It developed into a social, political and charitable organization for women that in part provided food and clothes to those in need. She also participated in the Primer Congreso Mexicanista, an organization dedicated fighting inequality and racism.

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In 1913 during the Mexican Revolution Jovita and a friend entered Mexico to help care for the wounded along the border region. She later joined a medical group called the White Cross (La Cruz Blanca) which was similar to the Red Cross relief organization.[12] After returning to Laredo Idár worked for the newspaper El Progreso but eventually returned to La Crónica.

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