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68 Voices, 68 Hearts: Wayne Community College celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

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In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Wayne Community College (WCC) students, faculty, and members of the community came together for the inauguration of the 68 Voces, 68 Corazones — 68 Voices, 68 Hearts — art exhibit, which honors legends told in each of the 68 Mexican indigenous languages, according to this press release.

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The Consulate General of Mexico in Raleigh lent WCC the collection of art. Each legend includes images with an interactive display where the legend is told in its original language with Spanish and English translations.

Deputy Consul Miguel Antonio Cuesta Zarco from the Consulate General of Mexico attended the inauguration.

You can learn more about 68 Voices, 68 Hearts on this website.

On this page, for example, you can see a short video about the legend of a young girl who in the face of an arranged marriage decides to follow her own path. “She learned that everyone shapes their own destiny, regardless of the conditions in which one is born,” according to the legend. “That is how we Chinantecos tell it.”

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Margaret Turlington, a philanthropist with the Anonymous Trust, reached out to me about this art exhibit.

She lifted up the leadership of Esteban Guzmán, the director of the small business center at WCC for helping to coordinate the event. Leaders from four community colleges — Wayne, James Sprunt, Sampson, and Lenoir Community College — previously went to Mexico together, and Guzmán was on that trip, Turlington said.

“Almost a year now that we went to Mexico,” Guzmán shared with a group who went on the trip together. “To celebrate that life changing experience, we brought a little piece of México and its languages to Wayne Community College.”

Turlington notes, “The energy from our trip last October continues to grow.”

Courtesy of Wayne Community College

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Mebane Rash

Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC.