Jessi Silva and Maggie Marquez, photo from StoryCorps
When my grandparents and great-grandparents were children, they were told and they knew that English was the preferred language. More English-sounding names, more American-looking clothing, and more mainstream habits were preferred. The situation was ever more stark in Marfa, Texas, where Spanish was symbolically buried and the schools were de facto segregated. The latest radio diary from StoryCorps is very powerful as two women from the school recounted their experiences. Their struggle and resilience helps to allow TWIN-CS students to learn bilingually today. We encourage you to listen to their story here.