"Weighing Cotton," Photo by Leonard Nadel, 1956. Courtesy Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and on view in the national traveling exhibition "Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964." On farms, braceros worked fields of cotton, citrus, dates and such backbreaking stoop-labor crops as sugar beets, lettuce and strawberries. A bracero would often spend an entire day with a heavy sack on their back.
- The first notable wave of Mexican Immigration in US. The Bracero program helped open doors to many Mexican workers (reason why many of us are here today). Mexican music sprouted and forever living legacies like "La Bamba" were created.
"I am a bit obsessed with this awesome picture. It’s Hilda Simms, Langston Hughes (bottom right) and actor Canada Lee (center in white shirt) at a party with other artists around - Vintage Black Glamour. Photo by George Karger/Pix Inc.