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Special Collections

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East Lansing, MI 48824



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Acquisitions Information:

The papers of Maria Enriquez were donated to MSU by Maria Enriquez.

Preferred Citation:

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Box number, Folder number and/or title, The José F. Treviño Chicano/Latino Activism Collections: Maria Enriquez Papers, MSS 298, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Copyright Notice:

Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this archive, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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There are no restrictions on the access of this collection.

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Collection Summary:

These materials originate from Enriquez’s involvement with the Flint Hispanic community from 1973 through 1989; most notably, they include the by-laws of M.U.M. (Mujeres Unidas de Michigan), an early Chicana organization in the mid-Michigan area. This collection is part of the Jose Treviño Chicano/Latino Activism Collections at MSU.

This collection is part of the José Treviño Chicano/Latino Activism Collections at MSU.

Historical Background:

Maria Rita Enriquez (1948 -     ) moved to Flint, Michigan from Pleasanton, Texas in 1972. In the early 1970’s, she became a founding member of the Mujeres do Michigan (MUM) as well as the MUM Flint Chapter, an organization with a mission to empower and secure equal opportunity for Chicanas and Latinas in Michigan. She spent ten years (1973 – 1983) assisting the Hispanic students of Flint through the Spanish-Speaking Information Center, and has since administered to several local and Michigan state government human-services programs. She has also been active with the Flint Urban League and the YWCA.

In 1981, through the recommendation of Governor Milliken, Enriquez was appointed to the Genessee County Selective Service Board; by the appointment of Governor Blanchard, she also served on the Michigan Commission on Spanish Speaking Affairs from 1983 to 1988. A veteran of worker rights and labor politics, Enriquez has held elected positions in the UAW Local 6000, the largest local in Michigan. In 2000 she worked with the “Train the Trainer” Health and Safety Dept. Program (Int’l UAW), and was also a member and VP of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA).

Throughout her years of community involvement, Enriquez has strived to strengthen the Latino labor movement, advocate for the rights of Mexican immigrants and migrants, advance the causes of Latinas and Chicanas, and work to improve government service to the Latino/Chicano community. Her activism in the Chicano community has been part of the nationwide Chicano Civil Rights Movement.

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The papers are organized in alphabetical order by topic and proper names.

Box Folder Description
1 1 A.Y.U.D.A.R.  Project (Flint, MI)
  2 Biographies:  Enriquez, Maria (Resume, news article, directory page)(Circa 1974).
  3 Community Training Material.

4 Directory of Civil Rights Organizations in Michigan (1983).
  5 Mujeres Unidas De Michigan – By-laws.
  6 Mujeres Unidas De Michigan, Flint – Report: “The Making of Community Leaders: A Historical Prospective, 1971 – 1988.”
  7 National Council of La Raza (July/August 1987 Newsletter)
  8 “Viva La Raza” (“Springboards”) – Chicano cultural awareness/rights educational worksheets (1972)

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