This Day in History

Sept. 11, 1990: Murder of Myrna Mack

Time Periods: 20th Century, 1975
Themes: World History/Global Studies

Anthropologist Myrna Mack Chang was murdered in Guatemala by the U.S.-backed military due to her outspoken criticism of the Guatemala government’s treatment of the indigenous Maya.

Her sister Helen Mack was honored with a Right Livelihood Award in 1992 “for her personal courage and persistence in seeking justice and an end to the impunity of political murderers.”

Related Resources

The Case of Myrna Mack Chang: Overcoming: Institutional Impunity in Guatemala a Human Rights Brief published by Digital Commons @ American University Washington College of Law, 2003.

Lessons, books, and films for teaching about Central America.

For more Sept. 11 anniversaries, watch “A Fateful Day: 9/11 Also Marks Important Anniversaries in India, Guatemala, Haiti and Attica, NY” on Democracy Now!