Latino Memphis’ beginning dates back to 1995. A group of community leaders gathered at, what was then, The Community Forum to address the lack of an organization dedicated to supporting the growing Hispanic community by connecting them to the existing resources in the larger community. The conversation eventually evolved into a MIFA program.
From our beginning, we understood the value of diversity and collective impact in order to influence change. In its beginning 25 years ago, and as it still is today, the founders’ focus was on connecting and accessing health, education, and justice. In essence, they acted as the bridge between the non-English speaking Hispanic community and the Greater Memphis community.
As time went on, the program took a life of its own and a new organization began, Latino Memphis Conexion, or as it is known today, Latino Memphis, Inc.
Many people contributed to the launching of Latino Memphis, including Peggy Brewer, José Guerrero, and Sybil Tucker. Although they have retired from their professional roles, their past commitment was the foundation of who we are today.