Photojournalist Saul Flores is nationally recognized for his epic journey, much of it on foot, from Quito, Ecuador, to Charlotte. He undertook the trip in 2010, while a junior at N.C. State University. The then 20-year-old student traveled 5,238 miles through 10 Latin American countries, with nine border crossings.
Flores took more than 20,000 photos on his trip, documenting the communities from which much of the recent immigration into the United States takes place. Come hear his stories, see his pictures and discuss his experiences during the free program, “The Walk of the Immigrants: The Photography of Saul Flores” Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m.
The program takes place in the iPearl Immersion Theater and the Duke Energy Hall, James B. Hunt Jr. Library, N.C. State University Centennial Campus, 1070 Partners Way in Raleigh. The program is presented by the N.C. Museum of History in partnership with NCSU Libraries. It is part of the “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” series, an initiative produced and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.
Flores said that he took his walk to “raise awareness of the beauty of these Latin American countries as well as the struggles that the people face.” His photography project with striking images sparked a national awareness discussion on immigration, social equity and related factors. Flores has presented numerous talks about his journey and has been featured on Univision, TedxTalks and National Public Radio.
For details about the N.C. Museum of History, a Smithsonian-affiliated museum, call (919) 807-7900 or visit www.ncmuseumofhistory.org.