Local Hispanic leaders discuss blending American/Hispanic cultures

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ODESSA, Texas (FOX 24) – Cinco De Mayo is almost here and local Hispanic leaders are getting ready for some special events. They give us a perspective on being a proud American as well as not forgetting their Latin roots.

From the dancing to the food, the Hispanic culture is rich in history. “I love the music, I love the mariachis,” said Theresa Servin, Hispanic Heritage of Odessa Board of Directors.

Erica Belanger, Hispanic Heritage of Odessa Secretary, said, “I love the colors, I love the music and I love the food. “

“I think that’s important for our community to see and to get educated,” said Sarina Banuelos, Odessa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Secretary.

When it comes to Latins, there’s a mix of backgrounds.

Carol Uranga, Hispanic Heritage of Odessa Executive Director

“Hispanics come from Venezuela, Columbia, Puerto Rico,” said Carol Uranga, Hispanic Heritage of Odessa Executive Director.

Four local Hispanic women also talked to us about blending being an American with being Hispanic.

Local Hispanic Leaders

“My 3-year-old, she knows two languages, she picked up Spanish very quick,” said Belanger.

Erica Belanger, Hispanic Heritage of Odessa Secretary

Belanger works hard to educate her two girls.

“She was like, I want to be part of that and also I teach her to be part of other things that are also American, so she can be comfortable around both sides,” said Belanger.

Carol Uranga is the Executive Director of the Hispanic Heritage of Odessa.

“They’ve thrown into this circle where they have to speak English all the time and they forget their roots,” said Uranga. “We’ve got beautiful traditions and that’s what we’re trying to encourage.”

As for Cinco de Mayo, it’s a celebration of the Mexican heritage.

It commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over France.

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