¿Le gustaria que sus niños[…]?
Caption: United Bronx Parents (UBP) produced this flyer inviting parents to discuss bilingual classes in 1970. The flyer was printed in both a Spanish and an English version.
Like many Puerto Rican parents in the South Bronx, Evelina López Antonetty was frustrated that so many Spanish-speaking children were not learning to read. Many were being placed in classes intended for students with disabilities because they spoke Spanish. “I began to see the schools as an island,” Antonetty recalled, “After 3 o’clock, the school officials closed the doors and left the community. They made no input into the community. There were no teachers in the school from the community.”1
Antonetty’s organizing work led to the founding of United Bronx Parents in 1965. The organization’s early focus was on bilingual education because so many of the neighborhood youth came from Spanish-speaking families, and the Board of Education failed to provide the education they deserved and needed. Antonetty did not decide alone what UBP would work on or what goals they would pursue. Instead, the organization helped prepare parents to demand improvement in their schools, based on parents’ knowledge and hopes for their children.2 In this way, Antonetty’s approach was similar to that of other earlier organizers like Ella Baker.
Date: Jan 21, 1970
Creator: United Bronx Parents/Padres Unidos del Bronx
Copyright: Used with permission
How to cite: “¿Le gustaria que sus niños[…]?,” United Bronx Parents/Padres Unidos del Bronx, in New York City Civil Rights History Project, Accessed: [Month Day, Year], https://nyccivilrightshistory.org/gallery/le-gustaria-que-sus-ninos.
Questions to Consider
- Why do you think United Bronx Parents produced this flyer in both Spanish and English?
- Where in your school do you see multiple languages present? How? Why is this important?
- Do you think the flyer reflects the United Bronx Parents’ goal of respecting parents’ knowledge and experience?
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