"Prejudice & Pride" with filmmaker John J. Valadez

11/05/2013 - 06:00
Marston Exploration Theatre, Tempe Campus

Marston Exploration Theatre

ISTB4, Tempe Campus

Event Time: 6:00-7:30 PM

 

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A generation of Mexican Americans, frustrated by persistent discrimination and poverty, looked for a new way forward through non-violence, militant protest and a challenge to the electoral system.  By looking inward, drawing strength from their heritage, they sought equality on their own terms and built a new American identity they called “Chicano”.  The movement was ignited when farm workers in the fields of California, led by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, marched on Sacramento.  In Los Angeles, Sal Castro, lead the largest high school student walkout in American history, demanding not only that Chicano students be given the same educational opportunities as Anglos, but that Chicano history also be included as an essential part of the American story. In Texas, activist Jose Angel Gutierrez struggled to create new political party giving Chicanos a taste of power.  In San Antonio, Willie Velasquez changed the rules of the electoral game, bringing Latino voters into the democratic system in ways that would, one day, re-shape the destiny of the nation.