Thank you San Antonio and gracias to the Instituto Cultural de Mexico and the UNAM  for the wonderful event at the Children of the Revolución Book Signing Event and presentation.

The night itself was a historical milestone for San Antonio that will ramify into a greater cultura conversation in the coming years.

The night began with Azul singing corridos from the Mexican Revolution and delicious flautas, albondigas, guacamole and aguas frescas from Mi Tierra.

A storytelling panel comprised of Henry Cisneros, Ricardo Danel, John Philip Santos, Michael Cortez, Charles Barrett, Neftali Garcia joined Lionel Sosa with some compelling thoughts relating to our cultura’s need to continue to tell the untold stories of our ancestors.

Attendees took pics with the Emmy, Cannes Corporate, New York Film Festival and Telly Awards won by Lionel Sosa’s Children of the Revolución Television Series.

We’ll let you know of any future Children of the Revolución events.



Mexico series set for wider audience

‘Children of the Revolution’ will air around Texas and may go national.

By Elaine Ayala



Advertising pioneer turned documentarian Lionel Sosa, who produced the KLRN series “The Children of the Revolution,” is reaching a wider audience for the 20-part series first aired in San Antonio last fall.

Already being carried by several PBS stations in Texas, the series will air in January on all but one of them. National distribution is being discussed with two major networks for the 2012 season, KLRN’s CEO Bill Moll said.

Produced to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, each episode tells family stories of escaping the violence spurred by dictator Porfirio Diaz


“Children Who Changed America” By Irma Calderon Woodruff

Now that the Census Bureau has officially declared the presence of 50.5 million Latinos in the U.S, a new television series reveals the story of how many of them got here….

Read the complete article at



Tonight’s Show: Immigration – Then and Now
KLRN, 8:30pm

The US/Mexico border has been porous for hundreds of years. This episode takes a look at the debate and history of immigration policy, the ebb and flow of Mexican immigrants to this country and the many milestones that have shaped the United States since the border was drawn.
Guests on this show include Neftali Garcia, Lee Terran, Lauro Garza, Henry Cisneros, Dan Guerrero, John Phillip Santos and David Romo.


Tonight’s show: Education

On May 5, 2011, in Teasers, This just in!, by admin

It’s not taught in schools but the history of the Mexican Revolution is the history of Texas too. Join us tonight and find out how you are connected to the Mexican Revolution.


The story of the Cortez family and their Mi Tierra restaurant is just not a story about Tex- Mex Cuisine. It is a story about how the Mexican revolution 100 years ago provided the ingredients that created the taste and style of the Mexican-American cultural movement. This episode highlights the similarities between Emiliano Zapata and Mi Tierra and how the revolutionary spirit would become the mantra for the Cortez family and their restaurant. Included is the story of how the Cortez family saved “Market Square” the San Antonio cultural icon from destruction during the “urban renewal” movement of the ’60’s. Deborah Cortez, Mike Cortez, Jennifer Speed, and Jorge Cortez take us on a deliciously multi-sensorial tour of a legendary destination.


The descendants of the families who escaped from Mexico during the revolution are often called “Mestizos-” The Mixed Ones or “La Raza Cosmica” The Cosmic Race. Originally, Mexico was made up of separate regions and tribes, a mixture of many races, ethnicities and religious beliefs who originated from the Spanish/Moors and pre-Columbian nomads from Asia. The Mexican Revolution unified the country and created the Mexican psyche. Those who fled to the United States populated the West bringing with them a unique integration of spirit, talent, fortitude and hope.  Father Virgilio Elizondo (author of Mestizo), Tomas Ybarra Frausto, John Phillip Santos, and Jennifer Speed take us on a journey of identity as it unfolded after the events of the Mexican Revolution.



I have really been enjoying all the stories. I enjoyed yours and I grasped when you said : “Parents did not relate any info on the history of families.” Yes, I realize I was fortunate , but I also understand that under such hardships, they proabably wanted to forget many things.

I have really gotten feed-back from people seeing mine. From Spain , Arizona, Mich., Atlanta,Mexico in Monclova, Monterrey, Saltillo, and here in Galveston and San Antonio. My cousin from Monclova sent me an e-mail that she had cried when she said her father with mine in one of the pictures. It was translated by one of her daughters. And just last nite, a friend of Sal told me I had represented all Mex.-Americans that all had stories. I just told them that It was you that had composed it all. Another one in Mich. told me she had also cried because she had never seen pictures of her grt-grandfather and uncles. So I opened a can of “good worms”. I feel good about it. Just wanted to share this with you.

And I want to share this with you: Written in 1600 by a greek man.

“Not to know what happened before we were born is to remain perpetually a child. For what is the worth of a human life unless it is woven in the life of our ancestors by the records of history”

I loved it… enjoy!!





“The Children of the Revolucion” begins showing in Houston PBS on April 4, 2011 11:00 PM with Henry and Elvira Cisneros.


My grandfather (on my mother’s side) Mr. Cenobio Vargas also came to South
Central Texas from Cerritos, San Luis Potosi, Mexico in the early 1900s due
to the political unrest in Mexico.   From listening to one of my Uncle’s he
was the first Mexican land owner in Fayette County (near La Grange, Texas).

My mother states he came over from Mexico on a train.

The Public Library in La Grange has a big black back in its Library about
early Fayette County..  and there is a picture of him as a young man.

I enjoyed the program “Children of the Revolution” very much on KLRN.   If I
could contribute anything, I would be more than honored..

Thanks for all your great programming..

Jesse Martinez

Victoria, Texas


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