The Evolution of the Mexican American Hall of Fame

The establishment of the Mexican American Hall of Fame traces its beginnings back to 1989, when it began its life under the auspices of the Mexican American Chamber of Commerce. Its major goals and objectives are to recognize the contributions of individuals of Hispanic descent who have made significant and extraordinary contributions to the advancement of Hispanics in San Joaquin County. In addition, the Mexican American Hall of Fame aims to hold up to our youth positive role models they can emulate in the respect that "si se puede".

The Mexican American Hall of Fame began as a dream and vision of Mr. Veto Ramirez, the founder. It blossomed to fruition when the original committee voted to initiate and induct nine members of the Hispanic community of San Joaquin County into the Hall of Fame.

The selection criterion was based on their outstanding contributions in the fields of Education, Humanities, the Arts, Sports and other fields of endeavor. The induction of the original members in 1990 not only filled a major void, but it also demonstrated to the Hispanic community of San Joaquin County that were members of its community who could, and did, serve as significant role models for positive change. Their induction, and those that followed, has helped to foster a growing perception that Hispanics are a significant part of the social, cultural, economic and political context of San Joaquin County. The induction of these individuals, and others to come, demonstrates that the Hispanic community has a wealth of deserving candidates who reflect the importance of being active in order to bring about change for our ever-increasing Hispanic community here in San Joaquin County and throughout the State of California as well.

The Mexican American Hall of Fame committee realizes and accepts the challenges which we face today and tomorrow. Forecasts for population growth in the State of California indicate that the Hispanic population will surpass 50% of the total population in the early portion of the 21st century. We understand and accept the challenge of taking immigrants with varying degrees of education and forging our people into an important force for positive change here and throughout California.

As role models, activists and leaders of the Hispanic community, we must continue to provide leadership and direction to the massive number of Hispanics. Such leadership will rightfully accord our people its proper place and provide a positive vision for generations to come.