Benito Juarez was incredible…and today we celebrate his birthday!

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Even Though it’s Really on March 21st… This photo c. 1843 is of Juárez with his wife and sister. “Entre los Individuos, como entre Las Naciones, El respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz” …”Among individuals, as among nations, respect for the rights of others is peace.” This Statement of Juárez is inscribed as a Motto on the State Flag of Oaxaca.

Juárez was born on 21 March 1806 in the village of San Pablo Guelatao, Oaxaca, speaking only Zapotec, the local indigenous language. That town is located in the mountain range to the north of the city of Oaxaca now known as the “Sierra Juárez”. He went on to become the Governor of the State of Oaxaca and later was the first President of Mexico. Juarez was a confederate of Abraham Lincoln’s and is remembered as being a progressive reformer dedicated to democracy, equal rights for his nation’s indigenous peoples, his antipathy toward organized religion, especially the Catholic Church, and what he regarded as defense of national sovereignty.

• marzo 21, 2012

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