Becoming Mr. Martinez, The Story of a Modern Immigrant
April 9, 2011 § 4 Comments
I was so inspired after reading Gerson Martinez’s book, Becoming Mr. Martinez, that I wrote him this letter:
I just finished reading your book. I bought the digital version on Friday evening and I just finished reading it this morning. I truly could not put down by iPad.
Your life story is one of struggle and inspiration. As fellow Salvadoran, I can clearly identify with your experiences as a young immigrant in this country. I too arrived in the US at an early age, not as young as you though. I also did not experience the family struggles you did. Nonetheless, I could not but feel empathy for what you have been through and the struggles you’ve endured to get where you are now in your life.
Your life experience is indicative of the struggles that immigrants face in this country. Unfortunately, you and I are the exception in graduating from college and continuing on to a productive life. The number of Latinos who attend and graduate college in this country is dismal and alarming. We are 50 million strong, yet we are not producing Latino citizens productive to society who will give us the political and economic power needed to make Latinos a force in this country.
I salute you for you strong will and warrior spirit. Not everyone is as strong as you or lucky enough to encounter people a long the journey who take an interest in one’s success. I admire your commitment to bringing your message to underprivileged students around the nation. I think your message is an important one, and one that needs to be disseminated to motivate every Latino student to succeed. Si tu pudistes, ellos tambien pueden.
I have only briefly met you once (You probably don’t remember), but I can honestly say that you have my support in the community work you do. Do not hesitate to reach out to me. I would be more than happy to get involved and lend a helping hand in the community projects you are involved in.
Good luck with your soccer career in El Salvador.
Salvador E. Mendoza
About the book:
A journey from civil war in El Salvador, through gangs, drugs, alcohol and violence — all while dealing with an abusive and neglectful mother at home. A story about making the most of the chances we are given.
You can read more about Gerson Martinez at www.gersonmartinez.com.