The Warrior Eagle
The figure depicted in this section is referred to as a warrior eagle whose feathered wings are adorned by Latin American flags. The U.S. flag here represents a dominant culture that tries to silence Latino voices in the making of U.S. history. His pierced eyes speak about the persistence of Latinos in reaffirming their cultural identity while they claim social rights and recognition as active citizens in society. Above the warrior eagle, a collection of Latin American and Latino historical figures who were/are active in social justice movements provide inspiration and wisdom to the warrior eagle in his journey for social equity.
The crowds of people in this scene below the warrior eagle remind us of the power of unity. El Movimiento, or the protest march, has been a tradition for social action among working class people of Latin America. In the U.S. today and right here at UIC, movements continue to inspire collective change.
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