The article “How Pilsen’s founding mothers built a high school” by Cloee Cooper presents an encouraging tale of local activism and the strength of personal involvement. Pilsen is a historically Mexican neighborhood in Chicago, and the article focuses on how important it has been for its inhabitants to receive an education while retaining their roots. It has never been easy for them to do that, and the success of Pilsen is a rare testament and an example to follow.
The article starts by illustrating how a local teenager utilizes the opportunities available to her to participate in sports and follow her educational plans. Cooper (n.d.) writes about the Benito Juarez Community Academy, which provides education to the local Latino population and reminds them of their roots at the same time. Apart from serving its primary purpose, the school also acts as a community center that helps Pilsen’s families connect and spend time together. The community members’ success in getting the finances for the school reinforced their collective identity.
The article is a reminder that strength of spirit and fruitful life can be created in a hostile environment. Mistreatment, prejudice, and persecution can temper the personality and bolster the fighting spirit. However, living in a healthy community is a happier and less damaging way to develop as a person. Making one’s community stronger and healthier is a meaningful pursuit for strong individuals. American immigrants often have to live in harsh conditions and work to make the world around them a better place. The younger generation can take advantage of the spoils of their mothers’ struggle without having to struggle as much themselves. Both Pilsen and the article about it describe just how worthwhile a goal that is.
Cooper, C. (n.d.) How Pilsen’s founding mothers built a high school. Web.