Diversity United, Building America's Future Today is this year's theme for National Hispanic Heritage Month, running September 15 to October 15.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month by checking out some of the books listed below at the CSUMB Library. These books are being featured because of their role in the ongoing controversy over offering ethnic studies classes in Arizona schools, an issue that has drawn national attention.

The state of Arizona passed a law in 2010 (HB 2281) banning ethnic studies programs from K-12 public and charter schools, resulting in the elimination of the Mexican American Studies program in the Tucson Unified School District. The following books, all available at the CSUMB Library, have been removed from Tucson classrooms.


Occupied America book cover Acuñƒa, R. (2004). Occupied America : A History of Chicanos. New York: Pearson Longman.
Bigelow, B.J. & Peterson, B. (1998). Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years. Milwaukee, Wisc.: Rethinking Schools. Rethinking Columbus book cover
Critical Race Theory book cover Delgado, R. , & Stefancic, J. (2012). Critical Race Theory: An Introduction. New York: New York University Press.
Freire, P. (1993). Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York: Continuum. Pedagogy of the Oppressed book cover
Message to Aztlan book cover Gonzales, R., & Esquibel, A. (2001). Message to Aztlan : Selected Writings of Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales. Houston, Tex.: Arte Público Press.
Martinez, E., (1991). 500 Añƒos Del Pueblo Chicano: 500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures. Albuquerque, N.M.: SouthWest Organizing Project. 500 years of chicano history book cover
Chicano! book cover Rosales, F. (1996). Chicano! : The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement. Houston, TX: Arte Público Press.

For more information on the ethnic studies ban in Arizona and on anti-censorship efforts, see the following resources (certain materials accessible only with CSUMB login).


Cabrera, N. L., Meza, E. L., & Rodriguez, R. (2011). The Fight for Mexican American Studies in Tucson. NACLA Report On The Americas, 44(6), 20-24.

Goldberg, B. (2012). "Book Traffickers" Meet Tucson Ban on Mexican-American Studies. American Libraries, 43(3/4), 13.


Arizona Ethnic Studies Network


Full text of AZ HB 2281