Lincoln's library to commemorate Cinco de Mayo


Springfield - The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is celebrating Cinco de Mayo this year with a roundtable on immigration and the history of Latinos in Illinois.


The free event will take place April 28.


Illinois judges, professors, educators and community activists will talk about their experiences with immigration as well as its role in their communities.


Eileen Mackevich is the executive director of the library. She says the event will bring together people to explore Illinois' diversity, the immigrant experience and the American dream.


A group will perform corridos after the discussion. Corridos are Mexican ballads with themes of oppression, immigration and revolution among other social conditions.


Cinco de Mayo is not widely celebrated in Mexico today but remains popular with Mexican-Americans in the United States.



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