On a day like today, exceptional figures were born: The likes of Dustin Hoffman and Roger Federer saw the light; characters such as Jacques Balmat and Dr. Michel-Gabriel Paccard ventured out to daring endeavors, like the climbing of the Mont Blanc on the French – Italian border for the first time. August 8th, also represents a date when a hero came to life… An extraordinary man who protected and defended the rights of laborers, until his last breath of life: Emiliano Zapata.
Social networks have been filled with comments, songs and words of love toward this great man, as we reminiscence upon his birth… Emiliano Zapata certainly set a mark on Mexico’s history! A nation that wouldn’t be what it is today if it wasn’t for him.
Join us as we take a quick journey to the past and share with you a little about this great and iconic character: Emiliano Zapata was born in the state of Morelos, in a small town called Anenecuilco. He was the son of land workers and had quite a tough upbringing, with very limited possibilities of a good education or quality of life for that matter. Back in those days, the living situation was quite hard; social distinction and disparity were very strong, as the high class of Mexico would only get richer, while the labor class unfortunately, had very low benefits –if any!
Enter: the Mexican Revolution. Emiliano Zapata played a crucial role in this entire fight for the rights of those who sadly had no voice. His main stance was the defense of the labor class and farmworkers, and his efforts weren’t in vain, as he achieved the passing of bills and reforms that benefit the agriculture sector, and rural communities.
As with all great leaders and revolutionary men and women, Emiliano Zapata’s life was taken from him; he was shot by Jesus Guajardo, who betrayed him and took also his hopes and dreams for a better Mexico. Today, we remember this wonderful man, and all his gracious and selfless acts. Emiliano Zapata has influenced hundreds: writers, poets, artists and has certainly motivated people to fight for what they want. He is remembered with great pride and joy, and is considered one of Mexico’s biggest national heroes… Generations have carried out his legacy by creating the “Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN)”, which is a movement that follows his ideology: “The land belongs to those who work on it”.
Emiliano Zapata is remembered today as one of the greatest and bravest, daring and fearless men of Mexico, who always fought for the voiceless; a character that inspires and drives us all to fight for our beliefs.
I want to die being a slave of principles, not a slave of men –Emiliano Zapata.