May 5, 1862 is the date that the underdog Puebla, Mexico outnumbered by the oppressor, France, kicked France out of their territory. What is often overlooked, however, is the connection that Cinco de Mayo shared with the profileration of the Civil Rights movement for blacks in America. Many Chicanos were involved with the Civil Rights Movement, and applied the revolutionary spirit of Cinco de Mayo to fight for equality in the U.S. as well.
Confused? Well, then, here are the Top 10 Ways that you can celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Chicago, while getting a deeper understanding of Latin culture, and, perhaps, develop a new curiosity and appreciation about your own rich heritage.