The Migrant Experience: A Personal Story
Francisco Jimenez – Author Presentation
September 7th 6:00 pm
A K Smiley Redlands Library
The Redlands Adult Literacy Program invited Jiménez to speak in Redlands because of the impact his book “The Circuit” has had on students in the literacy program. In the past year, more than 150 tutors, learners and community members read the book, which was a favorite in the literacy program’s book clubs.
As a child, Francisco Jiménez emigrated from Tlaquepaque, Mexico, to California, where he worked for many years in the fields with his family. Despite the struggles in his formative years, he became an educator and award-winning author of The Circuit: Stories from the Life of A Migrant Child and its three sequels: Breaking Through, Reaching Out, and Taking Hold. Dr. Jiménez will share his personal story with a backdrop of images from his youth. He will discuss his reasons for writing, the importance that education played in his life, and the value of the immigrant experience in our diverse society.