San Antonio, Texas Mayor Julian Castro will be the first Latino to give the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention. (Photo/Getty Images )

Julián Castro to be first Latino keynote speaker at Democratic National Convention

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro will be the first Latino to give a keynote speech at a Democratic National Convention.  Castro will speak at the opening night of the 2012 convention on Tuesday, September 4th, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Castro, who is 37, is the youngest mayor of a Top 50 American city.    Castro and his twin brother Joaquín were raised by a single mother,  Rosie Castro, a longtime community activist.  Julián Castro has been active in the Obama campaign, and was named national co-chairman for the re-election campaign a few months ago.

The San Antonio Mayor speaks about his historic role in a YouTube video below:

“Being the keynote is an honor I don’t take lightly,” Castro says in the video.  The San Antonio mayor goes on to say he has “big shoes to fill,” because a few conventions before, the keynote speaker was – Barack Obama.

Castro goes on to say that in his convention speech, then-Senator Obama spoke of the need for affordable health care for all, and now has made it happen as President.  Castro also says Obama ended the war in Iraq, is ending it in Afhanistan, and “brought the economy back from the brink.”

“We’ve come so far – and I know he’s not done yet,” says Castro of the President.

While Castro will be the first Latino to headline a Democratic convention, the Republicans had a Latina keynote speaker at their 1984 convention.  Katharine Davalos Ortega, who was U.S. Treasurer at the time, said “we Republicans here in Dallas say:  “We welcome you to our home. Nuestra casa es su casa. Our home is your home,” addressing the GOP in 1984.

The announcement of the young Democratic Latino mayor headlining a party convention comes on the day that another increasingly high-profile Texan Latino – Tea Party Republican Ted Cruz – is facing a runoff election for a Senate seat.  Today all eyes are on Lone Star Latinos – on both sides of the aisle.


  1. GregLawns says:

    Why is it that the press has to keep the race or sexist thing going.  Why not just say San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro was selected to give the speach.  Why is so important to sey Lation, male, Black, etc? 
    In order to become a raceless society we have to promote it, not promote race at every opportunity.

  2. RealAdrianC says:

    Great article by my colleague @SandraLilley on Julian Castro being the keynote speaker at the DNC.

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