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Clark College News and Events

April 20, 2007
For Immediate Release
For additional information:
Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
Telephone: 360-992-2921


Clark College will welcome the community to celebrate Cinco de Mayo
through lively discussions, activities, art and food.

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Clark College will celebrate Cinco de Mayo by hosting a variety of activities open to the community on Friday, May 4, 2007.  

Cinco de Mayo festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Gaiser Hall Student Center at the college’s main campus. Clark College is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. The event is free and open to the public.

The evening will kick off with guest speaker Maria D. Rodriguez-Salazar, Northwest Vice President of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). Rodriguez-Salazar will discuss the history of Cinco de Mayo and key issues facing Latinos today.

Activities following the speech include ballet folkloric dancers from Fort Vancouver High School, dinner with authentic Latino food, and children’s activities (e.g. face painting, crafts, and an art contest etc.). The evening will conclude with lively music by Grupo Imagine. 

Clark College welcomes an increasing number of Latino students from various parts of Latin America each year. The Cinco de Mayo festivities are sponsored by the Clark College Latino Club, which organized and planned the event, and the college’s Multicultural Student Affairs program.

Cinco de Mayo, which celebrates freedom and liberty, commemorates the 4,000 Mexican soldiers who declared victory over the French and the traitor Mexican army of 8,000 at Puebla, Mexico, on the morning of May 5, 1862.   


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