Benito Juarez celebrated at Fresno event

The Fresno BeeMarch 20, 2014 

Three groups, including the Mexican Consulate in Fresno, will celebrate the 208th birthday of the first indigenous president of Mexico, Benito Juarez, Friday at Fresno County Courthouse Park.

The Binational Center for the Development of Oaxacan Indigenous Communities (CBDIO), the Binational Front of Indigenous Organizations (FIOB) and the Mexican Consulate in Fresno will celebrate the leaders birthday with poetry, music and folkloric dances in order to learn about the accomplishments and legacy of Juarez.

Juarez, born March 21, 1806, was the first Zapotec indigenous Mexican president.Juarez instituted many liberal reforms during his term as president from 1857 to 1872.

The celebration will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the park, located on the corner of Van Ness Avenue and Tulare Street.

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