In 1968, when Chicano students walked out of the four major East Los Angeles high school to protest the inferior education they were receiving, they were met with police arrest and public scorn. But standing up for the students was an Armenian Mexican Baptist minister, Rev. Vahac Mardirosian. Within a short time, Mardirosian was elected to chair the Educational Issues Coordinating Committee, an ad hoc parent, student and teacher group advocating for educational reform in the Los Angeles School district. In the years that followed, he would lead the group to major reforms in the education of Mexican American children.