Celebration of Life
Gracia Molina Enriquez de Pick
1928 - 2019
Today the California State Assembly adjourned in honor of Gracia Molina Enriquez de Pick and her lifelong contributions to San Diego, the Nation and the World. (Aug. 28th, 2019)
San Diego Activist Dies in Mexico
Gracia Molina Enriquez de Pick
San Diego, California: Gracia Molina Enriquez de Pick was an educator, activist, feminist, mentor and philanthropist. Gracia passed away surrounded by family in Tequisquiapan, Queretaro, Mexico on Sunday, August 11th. Gracia was 91-years old.
Gracia will be remembered as a champion for human rights, for Latinos, women, people of color and the LGBTQ around the world. She was a tireless activist and made incredible contributions to the San Diego community, nation and world. She is survived by her son, Daniel Pick, daughter, Adela Pick, and son, Milan Molina.
Gracia Molina Enriquez de Pick’s early Life: Gracia was born in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico in 1928. She is the granddaughter of Andres Molina Enriquez, a prominent, Mexican political figure and activist. Gracia’s family are well-known political leaders from the Mexican Revolution. So, it’s no surprise, Gracia would become an activist, feminist and humanist.
At 13-years-old, Gracia met renowned Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. At 18, she went behind the Iron Curtain in Yugoslavia to help rebuild the country’s railroads. She would join the founding congress of the International Union of Socialist Youth in Paris, France and attended the Feminist University in Mexico City. All this helped shape Gracia’s early life, and it assisted her to find her voice to champion countless causes and help others, throughout her entire life.
It was in Mexico City where Gracia met her late husband, Richard Allen Pick. They would marry and move to San Diego, California in 1957. Gracia converted to Judaism with guidance from Rabbi Monroe Levens. She was baptized in the Jewish faith at the YMCA and the couple wed at the Tifereth Israel Synagogue in North Park.
Gracia’s Education and Countless Contributions: Gracia earned her B.A., teaching credentials and master’s degree from San Diego State University. She first taught Junior High School in National City, then as a faculty member, she helped found the first Chicano Studies program at Mesa College. A few years later, as a faculty member, she helped found the Thurgood Marshall College at the University of California, San Diego.
Gracia's countless contributions to San Diego, the Nation and the World: As the founder of IMPACT, Gracia and others fought for the civil rights of Mexican-Americans in San Diego; she was the founder of the Comision Femenil Mexicana Nacional, the first feminist Chicana Association. She served as the Chicana Caucus Chair of the National Women’s Political Caucus and the National Council of La Raza (now UnidosUS). She was also a published author, writing about Indigenous women’s history in Mexico, called: “Mujeres en la Historia & Historias de Mujeres” in 2008 and founder of the Women’s Museum of California Hall of Fame.
As a philanthropist, Gracia established an endowment for the Logan Heights Branch Library, which helped complete construction and open its doors to the public in 2009. She also made generous contributions to Mesa College, San Diego State University and the University of California at San Diego.
For her tireless work, activism and generous contributions, Gracia received numerous recognitions, she was a California Woman of the Year in 2002, and was in the first class of inductees into the San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame. She received numerous lifetime achievement awards from many community organizations, including California Rural Legal Assistance, the Center for Policy Initiatives, and the San Diego Democratic Party.
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