Stewart Library Photo Exhibit Honors Utah Latino Immigration March

Thousands take to the streets of Salt Lake City on April 9, 2006 as part of the Utah Latino Immigration March.

“Invisible No More: Latinos’ Dignity March in Utah,” a powerful photo documentary exhibit of the historic April 9, 2006 immigration march in downtown Salt Lake City, will be displayed at Weber State University’s Stewart Library, Sept. 30  through Dec. 2. A reception ceremony at 6 p.m. on Oct. 16 will launch the exhibit.

Reception presenters include:  WSU President Ann Millner; teacher education professor and assistant to the President for Diversity Forrest Crawford; psychology instructor Maria Parrilla de Kokal; WSU student representative for Hispanic Area Council Irma Hernandez; Ogden City Councilman Jesse Garcia; Nallely Ruiz, WSU alumna and chair of Image de nu Chac; and Armando Solórzano, University of Utah associate professor of family & consumer studies. 

The reception and exhibit are free to the public. The exhibit will be open during Stewart Library’s daily hours of operation.

On April 9, 2006, the Latino community of Utah, in collaboration with several organizations and Salt Lake City officials, put together the largest march in state history. More than 43,000 people walked peacefully on the streets of the city in support of more humane and comprehensive immigration reform.
“The march is considered a hallmark in civic participation, and the most vibrant manifestation of democracy in the Beehive State,” said Solórzano.  

To record the historical significance of this event, five Latino photographers captured more than 5,000 images of the march. Solórzano collected the speeches made by city officials, religious leaders and community members at the march, and created an archive of interviews, newspaper clippings and analysis surrounding the event.  The exhibit depicts the different actors, laws, motives and accomplishments of the march. The exhibit is composed of 60 frames, and each frame contains four or more pictures that include captions in both English and Spanish.

According to Solórzano, the underlying intention of the project is to give voice to the millions of undocumented people in Utah and the nation. “Conferences and symposiums on immigration focus on unauthorized immigrants, but this population is not invited into the conversations, or its concerns are not represented,” Solórzano said.

“Undocumented workers remain unheard, and their humanity is frequently questioned. Our display shows their appreciation towards the U.S., their celebration of family values, and their strong sense of hope and optimism. To them, the march was a celebration of their dignity and humanity. Our exhibit attempts to be loyal to their deepest desires.”

Contributing photographer Lee Martinez said, “Utah has never seen such a protest, in part because of the great numbers, and also because it was composed of people of color. The state was forced to confront the reality of the growth of our population (Latinos) and the potential, for good or for bad, as well as our ability to mobilize.”

“Invisible No More: Latinos’ Dignity March” was made possible by support from the Ethnic Studies Program, Chicano Studies Program, the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Utah. The Tanner Humanities Center, the Latin American Study Program, and the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Utah and Westminster College also contributed support to the exhibit.  The planners wish to recognize support from Weber State University, and Eric and Melinda Heath. 

For more information, please call Armando Sólorzano at 801-581-5156.

Armando Solórzano, associate professor family & consumer studies, University of Utah
801-581-5168 •

Forrest Crawford, teacher education professor, Assistant to the President for Diversity, Weber State University
801-626-7420 •
Jamie Weeks, Stewart Library Projects and Events
801-626-6405 •