Mexico : Emiliano Zapata

Lead: With a commitment to social justice, for which he gave his life, Emiliano Zapata became a hero of the Mexican Revolution. His rallying cry: “Land and Freedom.”

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The Mexican Revolution was a lengthy political struggle that started in 1910 with the movement to overthrow dictator Porfirio Diaz. Diaz, the “Iron Man of Mexico,” had ruled for three decades. He had made vast improvements by modernizing national infrastructure and advancing economic development. Unfortunately, these improvements were enjoyed by a very few, wealthy aristocrats. They came at the expense of the vast majority of the population – neglecting social needs for the poor and human rights for all. The uneducated and impoverished had no voice or political influence. Naturally, resentment festered against the privileged – particularly wealthy landowners.

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Leadership: Juan Romagoza

Lead: Often social progress requires a leader forfeit personal safety and affluence, even place him or herself in harms way. Such was not the first choice of Juan Romagoza.

            Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

            Content: Usulu ‘tan a city of about 75,000 lies 55 miles east southeast of San Salvador, the capital of the central American nation of El Salvador. There Juan Romagoza grew to manhood in a family so spiritually rich that later he said that he only rarely noticed that he lived in abject poverty. There he fell under the influence of Father and then Bishop Oscar Romero. For a time, Romagoza considered the priesthood, but dropped out of seminary bitter at a God who would allow his nation to be racked with so much poverty and corruption, a place where right wing paramilitaries preserved the government and the rule of the landed aristocracy with torture and death.

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