Kansas City School District

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Interview with Mary Lou Hernandez, a West High School bilingual program teacher's aide, about her life in Kansas City's Westside neighborhood. Born in 1944, she recalls growing up speaking English in school and Spanish at home in the predominantly Mexican community, participating in activities at the Guadalupe Center, and shares memories of the 1951 Flood. She also discusses marrying as a teenager, the Model Cities program, supporting a Mexican cultural group in Leavenworth prison, working with the Kansas City School District bilingual program, and her hopes for the future.

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Interview with Robert Hernandez about his life and his service on Kansas City's city council. Born in 1945, he describes the Westside of his youth as racially diverse and low income, the difficulties of attending segregated schools and facing discrimination and colorism, and recalls difficulties his father faced after contracting malaria in World War II. He also discusses the the limited opportunities for low-income children in the area, his multigenerational household, memories of the 1951 flood, the inequality of knowledge and government access across neighborhoods in the city, and his experience becoming the first Mexican-American elected to Kansas City's city council.

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Interview with Sally Magana Ramos about her life in Kansas City's West Side neighborhood and experience as a teacher. She recounts her family's Mexican roots, her family's experiences with the packinghouses and railroad industry, belonging to a Baptist church in a predominantly Catholic area, memories of the 1951 flood, and her experiences and frustrations as a student. She discusses her college experience and becoming a teacher of Spanish, French, and bilingual classes in the Kansas City School District in the late 1960s and early '70s, teaching English as a Second Language classes to adults, as well as working in the minority recruitment program at the UMKC dental school.

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