THIS WEEK ON LATINOPIA: LEGACY OF THE E.L.A. HIGH SCHOOL WALKOUTS, SAL CASTRO & THE EICC, LOS ANGELES SCHOOL BOARD SIT-IN, DON FELIPE ON JAMES BALDWIN AND RICHARD WRIGHT AND SERG HERNÁNDEZ ON THE COWARDLY TRUMP.
What up, Latinopians! This week marks the 50th anniversary of the East Los Angeles High School Walkouts which many agree sparked the national Chicano Civil Rights Movement. We celebrate with a montage of the voices of walkout leaders today as they reflect today on the lasting legacy of the walkouts. Check out what this legacy means for today’s generation of Chicano youth! Also this week (in case you’ve been living in an underground cavern for the past fifty years) are two videos which explain what the walkouts were about and the subsequent events surrounding the sit-in at the Los Angeles Board of Education to protest the barring of walkout teacher Sal Castro from teaching in his classroom.
This week, Don Felipe de Ortego returns with his Bravo Road blog with an incredible look at how, 62 years ago, he rubbed shoulders with the likes of celebrated author/activists James Baldwin and Richard Wright and how these two individuals influenced Don Felipe’s quest for Chicano identity and spurred him to seek out what would become the Chicano Literary and Artistic Renaissance. Check out this article by a master historian and author who is still going strong at 92 years of age and was recently awarded the Premio Estrella de Aztlan Lifetime Achievement Award!
And this week’s weekly chuckle from master cartoonist Sergio Hernández revolves around Donald Trump’s claim that he would go up against a shooter to defend students even if he didn’t have a gun. Jarr,jarr,jarr.
Enjoy your week on Latinopia