Letters to Our Children: Narrating Legacies of Love, Dissent, and Possibility

Juan F. Carrillo, Tommy Ender, Josmell J. Perez

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Drawing from Cervantes-Soon’s (2012) framework of testimonios as confessions, counter-narratives, and consejos, we explore how writing letters to our children serves as a process of historical documentation, healing, and a passing down of social justice principles and family history. Additionally, we expand on Cervantes-Soon’s framework by utilizing testimonios as a process by which to affirm intergenerational memory. Finally, connections are made to the potential role of letter writing as an important pedagogical tool.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)238-251
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Latinos and Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 3 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Higher education
  • identity
  • Latino males
  • Latino students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Education


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