Join our online discussion of our February book selection
February 10 @ 6:30 – 8 pm.
Our February selection is a gripping memoir which has attracted considerable international attention.
“Now a global bestseller, the remarkable life of Rigoberta Menchú, a Guatemalan peasant woman, reflects on the experiences common to many Indian communities in Latin America. Menchú suffered gross injustice and hardship in her early life: her brother, father and mother were murdered by the Guatemalan military. She learned Spanish and turned to catechistic work as an expression of political revolt as well as religious commitment. Menchú vividly conveys the traditional beliefs of her community and her personal response to feminist and socialist ideas. Above all, these pages are illuminated by the enduring courage and passionate sense of justice of an extraordinary woman.” –Publisher description.
Rigoberta Menchú Tum
Author and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
In 1959 Rigoberta Menchúto was born to a poor Indian peasant family in Guatemala and raised in the Mayan culture’s Quiche branch. As a teenager she became an activist for better conditions for farm workers on the Pacific coast and educating the Indian peasant population in resistance to massive military oppression. In 1981 she had to go into hiding in Guatemala and then fled to Mexico. In exile she become widely known as an advocate of Indian rights and ethnocultural reconciliation, not only in Guatemala but in the Western Hemisphere. Her work has earned her several international awards including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992.
Video of interview of Dr. Rigoberta Menchú Tum on the rights of indigenous people