In March, 1968, Mexican American students from four high schools in East Los Angeles walked out in protest of the inferior education they were receiving. Parents, community activists and clergy met on March 4, 1968 to organize support for the striking students. They created the Educational Issues Coordinating Committee ( E.I.C.C.) and named Rev. Vahac Mardirosian, a baptist minister who had grown up in Mexico, as President of the group. Soon they would be making Los Angeles civil rights history.