UCLA and Filipino community remembers Prof. Dawn Mabalon

As the community tries to keep Filipino American history alive, this weekend marks a pair of death anniversaries.

It’s been 5 months since a scholar and out outspoken advocate of Filipino American history has passed away, but the community continues to celebrate the life of Professor Dawn Mabalon.

Pinoy eats, and hundreds of students, classmates, former colleagues and community leaders joined the late historian’s family at her alma mater of UCLA.

Family members recalled her life, as they held back tears reading some poems.

One way Mabalon’s legacy will live on is through her writings. Mabalon’s final act alive was to publish the children’s book; Journey for Justice, which chronicles the life of labor leader Larry Itliong.

This weekend, it will be the focus of a special event in Delano.

The date falls on the same weekend of the 6 month death anniversary of Professor Mabalon on the 10th, and Larry Itliong’s 41st death anniversary on February 8th.

“It’s going to be three days and we’re taking it to the students there, we’re going to be doing readings, we’re also taking it to the college students. We’re also having historical tours and panels and performances and then a memorial lunch for Dawn,” said co-author Gayle Romansanta.

The Filipino American National Historical Society will take the book to 15 cities, including several stops outside of California in places like Washington state, Alaska, and the East Coast.

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