Speaker: Lora Key, Lora M. Key, Ph.D., Managing Editor, Journal of Arizona History, Arizona Historical Society
During World War II, Mexican Americans served in the military and worked on the homefront to support their country, and when they war ended they were no longer willing to accept second-class citizenship. Mexican Americans across the Southwest used what they had learned in their war-time efforts and applied it to post-war activism. They established and supported Mexican-American organizations that advocated for their rights and challenged segregation and discrimination across the Southwest. World War II was a watershed moment for Mexican Americans and their quest for equality.