Growing up in the small town of Danville, Va. as a first generation American son of a Cuban father and Colombian mother, Richard Estevez was self-conscious of his identity and culture. Though the city population was nearly equally balanced between whites and blacks, being Hispanic set Estevez apart from the rest of the kids in school.
He didn’t like being different.
“Initially, I did not associate myself with the Hispanic culture and I did not want to speak Spanish,” Estevez said recalling his elementary school days. “However, that changed when I was about 10 years old.”
When he was old enough, Estevez’ father sent him to work in the region’s farms with other migrant workers, most of whom were from Mexico. But Estevez wasn’t sent to help harvest crops.
“My father was an educated man and he took me to the fields to serve as an interpreter between the migrant workers and doctors. I helped the workers explain to the doctors what was bothering them by... Read More