THIS WEEK ON LATINOPIA: 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF DENVER YOUTH CONFERENCE: JESÚS TREVIÑO ON THE LEGACY OF THE CONFERENCE, DENVER YOUTH LIBERATION CONFERENCE ONE AND TWO, 1969 DENVER YOUTH CONFERENCE AND DENVER YOUTH CONFERENCE WOMEN’S CAUCUS.
This week we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Chicano Youth Liberation Conference held at the Crusade for Justice in March of 1969. This conference was historic in that for the first time more than 1500 activist youth met to discuss the future of what would become the Chicano civil rights movement. The activists adopted the term “Chicano” to self-identify under the banner of “Aztlán, the ancestral home;and of the Aztecs. Latinopia founder Jesús Treviño, who was at the conference fifty years ago filming it for posterity, explains the importance of the conference in this rare on-camera appearance. Also this week we have three different views of the conference with footage in some cases never seen before. Check out: 1969 Denver Youth Conference, and Denver Youth Liberation Conference One and Two. Also check out the Women’s Caucus video narrated by long time activist Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez and interviewed by filmmaker Sylvia Morales.
Enjoy your week on Latinopia!