Cal State San Bernardino To Host Cinco De Mayo Lecture By UCLA Professor

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)–– David Hayes-Bautista, professor of medicine and director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at UCLA, will speak at Cal State San Bernardino this spring on the history of the Cinco de Mayo celebration.

The lecture will be held on Thursday, April 26, at 11:30 a.m. at CSUSB’s Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center. The lecture is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Office of the President and the Association of Latino Faculty, Staff and Students at CSUSB in collaboration with other campus departments.

This year celebrates the 150th anniversary of the first Cinco de Mayo festivities. Hayes-Bautista, who has spent many years researching the history of the holiday, will speak about his latest book, “El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition.” It will be published in March by UC Press.

The book details the history behind this American Civil War holiday and its origination. The lecture will present an introduction to this history.

“Cinco de Mayo is important to Californians because it was invented here,” said Hayes-Bautista. “It provides a collective identity for all Latinos, whether they were born in California or immigrated from Mexico, Central America or South America. It binds them together in an identity.”

According to Hayes-Bautista’s research, Cinco de Mayo is not celebrated as a national holiday in Mexico, because it was created and first celebrated by Latinos living in California.

When Latinos in California learned that the Mexican army in Puebla had defeated invading French troops on May 5, 1862, they celebrated with fireworks, patriotic songs and impromptu speeches.

Hayes-Bautista, who obtained his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and both master’s and doctorate degrees from U.C. San Francisco School of Medicine, has had many articles published on the healthcare of Latinos in Family Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Family Practice, Medical Care and Salud Pública de México.

For more information about Hayes-Bautista’s lecture at CSUSB, contact Carmen Murillo-Moyeda at (909) 537-3542 or by e-mail at

For more information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit

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