Alvarez, Virginia

Alvarez, Virginia
Alvarez, Virginia, 1942-, interviewee; Blazon, Esther, interviewer; Sanchez, Dalia, videographer;
Date Recorded:
July 31, 2013
Date digitized:
July 31, 2013
Length of interview:
26 minutes, 39 seconds

The interview begins by covering Virginia Alvarez’s early life in northeast Boulder County where her parents were farm workers. Her parents moved to Boulder County from Mexico in 1929, before Virginia was born in 1942. When she was a child, they did farm work in the Longmont area, moving around from one farm to another annually. Virginia talks about feeling isolated when she was very young because there were not many Hispanics in her elementary school and initially she did not speak much English. She went to school in Longmont from first grade through high school, and she remarks on the dynamics between Hispanics and Anglos in the schools, which were, for the most part, lacking conflict. IBM brought in many new Latinos in the 1960s. She describes her family as being poor, too poor for her to join clubs at Longmont High School, for example. She worked for an OEO program with senior citizens in the 1960s throughout Boulder County. She learned her life philosophy from her family, which is to respect people and to do whatever job you’re doing the best that you can. Virginia says she sees less division now between Anglos and Hispanics in Longmont, in part because Hispanics have opened businesses that non-Hispanics also support, and in part because Hispanic children are getting educations that are opening doors for them.

Latinos, Colorado, Boulder County
Hispanic Americans, Colorado, Boulder County
Minorities, Colorado, Boulder County
Discrimination, Colorado, Boulder County
Social action, Colorado, Boulder County
Original Format:
digital video
This interview is part of a series with members of the Boulder County Latino community.
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