Happy Birthday to Richard Rodriguez

Happy Birthday to Richard Rodriguez, the controversial and compelling author and chronicler of the Latino and gay experiences in America.  Rodriguez was born in Sacramento, California on July 31, 1944, to Mexican American parents.  He earned a BA from Stanford University, an MA from Columbia University, was a PhD candidate in English Renaissance literature at the University of California, Berkeley.  He is a critic of the affirmative action programs that benefited him, and has also spoken out against bilingual education. His notable works include “Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez”, “Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father”, and “Brown: The Last Discovery of America”.