Prado-Carrillo inducted as President of Denton County Chapter of LULAC
Congratulations to CoolSpeak Speaker Lilyan Prado Carrillo! She was inducted on December 15, 2018 as President of the Denton County Chapter of LULAC, the League of United Latin American Citizens.
During her speech, she recalled the story of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who recently died of dehydration on U.S. soil while in custody.
“All I see in my head is a little girl like me who was trying to have an opportunity at the better life beside her dad,” she said. “I don’t know the circumstances, but I know they must be grave to bring a child on a 1,500-mile journey on foot. I traveled that path with my dad [from Guatemala]. I was that little girl, and by the grace of God we made it to the land of opportunity – not the land of handouts and freebies – the land of opportunity.” – excerpts from Carrillo’s speech.
Raised solely by her father, J. Luis Prado, Lilyan has always understood the importance of education. Her father, who often worked two jobs to support the family, instilled in Lilyan the examples of hard work and perseverance that ultimately led her to go to college. Now she’s a beacon to others that want to climb the ladder of success.
Watch her share parts of her speech in this video:
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Watch the Fox 4 News Story: Story of migrant Guatemalan girl resonates with North Texas Latino Leader, Lilyan Prado Carrillo.