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University celebrates state’s “Latino Roots” | AroundtheO.

story by Matt Cooper, UO Office of Strategic Communications

“Dagoberto Morales grew up poor in Michoacán, Mexico, although he didn’t know it. Everyone was poor.

”He migrated to the United States and settled in Medford, where he became an activist and community organizer. He founded a farm workers organization, Unete, now 16 years old.

“In a video on his life, he is asked, ‘how would you describe your experience as an organizer?’”

“‘There are some things that can’t be described,’ Morales responds. ‘You will need to experience it in order to feel that emotion.’

“It’s rich observations such as this that provide the power of Latino Roots in Oregon, a multi-faceted collaboration between the University of Oregon and partners to honor and preserve the state’s Latino heritage. The project was celebrated June 6 in the Knight Library, with university President Michael Gottfredson and others recognizing the Latino journey and the work still to be done.” Read more in University celebrates state’s “Latino Roots” | AroundtheO.