SAN ANTONIO – A Mexican-American activist and journalist whose ideas and practices were far ahead of her time will soon be memorialized on a commemorative quarter.
Jovita Idar based her activism on education, women’s rights and civil rights for Mexican Americans.
Born on Sept. 7, 1885, in Laredo, Idar was exposed to politics and journalism from an early age. Her parents worked in the newspaper industry and civil rights advocacy.
Idar joined the First Mexicanist Congress in Laredo in 1911. Later, she and other women formed the League of Mexican Women. The group served to empower Mexican-American women. Idar served as the group’s first president.
Idar would later move to San Antonio in 1921 to continue her advocacy.
She died in San Antonio on June 15, 1946.
On September 14, UTSA will host a ceremonial quarter release to honor Idar’s legacy.
“Jovita Idar was a journalist, a teacher and a vocal advocate who helped lead the modern Mexican-American civil rights movement and encouraged women to become politically active,” said Teresa Niño, UTSA vice president for university relations.
The celebration will feature two events that are free to the public at UTSA’s downtown campus.
The panel discussion will discuss Idar’s life and legacy with representatives from the U.S. Mint, the National Women’s History Museum and members of Idar’s family.
The panel will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Buena Vista Street Building’s Aula Canaria (BVB 1.328).
To kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, this event will honor Idar’s impact by releasing her commemorative quarter. A ceremonial “coin pour” will mark the occasion.
Emmy and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa will deliver a keynote address.
The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326). Seating for this event is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Livestreams of both events are available here.
For more information about UTSA’s Hispanic Heritage Month calendar, click here.
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