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Jul 10, 1:25 PM EDT

Largest US Latino group changing name to be more inclusive


PHOENIX (AP) -- The nation's largest Latino civil rights group is changing its name to make it less polarizing and more inclusive.

National Council of La Raza, or NCLR, will announce Monday that will be known as UnidosUS.

President Janet Murguia said the name change was three years in the making and was in response to members of the organization who felt the term "raza" was outdated and didn't resonate with them.

The term means "the people" and was coined to describe the various races Mexican people come from. Chicano civil rights activists made the term popular in the 1960s and 1970s.

Murguia pronounces the "US" in UnidosUS like the abbreviation for United States but says it's purposely missing the punctuation so that it can be interpreted as either "us" or "U.S."

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