(March 15, 2021) – Today is a holiday in Mexico, commemorating the birth of a well-known Mexican President: Benito Juarez, the first Mexican President of indigenous origins. He reigned over Mexico from 1858 until his death in 1872 and is credited with separating the church and-all-things clerical from the government. He is also attributed with successfully managing the War of Reforma and triumphing in the battles against the empire set by the French, including the Battle of Puebla (5 de Mayo).
He is the author of a phrase that is fundamental for peace:
Benito Juarez was born in Oaxaca and from Zapoteca origins and rose to prominence after studying law. Marrying a prestigious woman, Margarita Maza, may have also contributed to his advancement in politics and society. Although some biographers and historian assert that he was ruthless with his opponents or enemies, Juarez is remember as one of the Presidents who worked for the nation he represented, aiming to improve the people’s life and actually creating positive change.
Benito Juarez was born on March 21, 1806 in San Pablo Guelatao, Oaxaca. Mexico celebrates a Holiday in his honor, usually the Monday prior to his birthdate. In 2021, this is on March 15th. Many cities and places are named after him, such as the Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City, and the US-Mexico border city of Ciudad Juarez.
One may wonder, why is this phrase fundamental for peace? – For context, Mexican President Benito Juarez had won over foreign forces and killed Emperor Maximilian. For him and his followers, Mexico had the right to sovereignty. He loved Mexico and believed the Mexican people had the inherent right to live in peace and protected from foreigner government, particularly the French. His famous phrase was meant to unite the country and instill a sense of self-respect amongst Mexicans while asking them to assume the importance of respecting others. Hence the famous quote. It is that simple. If you have comments about this please do not hesitate to post your opinions in the comment thread below.
-Lupita Franco Peimbert.
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