For many people, Monday is merely a day off from work or school. But for others, the Martin Luther King holiday means a look back at a man who is tied to the Civil rights struggle which produced changes in laws that removed roadblocks to education, housing, voting and more. Paul Ortiz is the director of the Samuel Proctor oral history program at the University of Florida. He has studied and documented events surrounding the Civil Rights struggle, and has been producing oral histories of people who lived during that time. He talked with WUFT-FM’s Tom Krynski about the memory of Dr. King, and about a new generation that has benefited from his work.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/TKFinal(MONDAYFP).mp3]
Under a Florida statute, schools are required to teach Hispanic contributions, and Hispanic Heritage Month is one of the ways those contributions are highlighted.