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KCPS is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with profiles of Latinos who have made a difference in our community. Today, we remember Yvonne Vazquez Rangel, an education advocate who lobbied for access to bilingual education. 

John Fierro Kansas City Notable Latino

KCPS is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month featuring notable Latino community members who have made a difference in the city and/or the nation. Today, we honor John Fierro, President/CEO of Mattie Rhodes Center and a long-time public figure in Kansas City.

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KCPS is continuing our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with a spotlight on Rebecca Jaramillo, an advocate for equal rights and a founder of Fiesta Hispana, one of the first celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month in Kansas City.

Local Kansas City Hero Primitivo Garcia

Primitivo Garcia is often referred to as Kansas City's first local Hispanic hero. One KCPS elementary school is named after this hero after he gave his life to save his English teacher in 1967.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Primitivo Garcia

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Primitivo Garcia Elementary School is named after the first local Hispanic hero, Primitivo Garcia. He and his brother, Alfredo Garcia, saved their pregnant English teacher from being robbed in 1967. The teacher walked away without injury.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Primitivo, who suffered a fatal gunshot wound to save his teacher’s life. The story inspired journalists throughout the country and was featured in Time Magazine. The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission awarded him with a Carnegie Medal in recognition of an outstanding act of heroism.

The Missouri governor, Warren Hearnes, declared him an honorary citizen of the state and the Missouri House of Representatives granted him “posthumous American citizenship”. The mayor of Kansas City declared December 1 to be Primitivo Garcia Day.

To this day, the family of Primitivo Garcia is involved with the school. We continue to honor the legacy of Primitivo Garcia and his service to others.