The Chicano Generation: Testimonios of a Movement

With Author and Professor Mario T. García



Wednesday, August 1, 2018 6:00PM

<p><em>The Chicano Generation: Testimonios of a Movement</em></p>
<p>With Author and Professor Mario T. García</p>





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With Author and Professor Mario T. García



Professor Mario T. García will discuss The Chicano Generation: Testimonios of the Movement based on his book by the same title published by University of California Press in 2015. It is a study based on the oral history testimonios and narratives by three key Chicano Movement leaders in Los Angeles.

The Chicano Movement of the late 1960s and 1970 was the largest and most widespread Mexican American civil rights and community empowerment movement in Chicano history to that time. It helped make Chicanos and other Latinos into national political actors and laid the foundation for contemporary Latino political power. Based on extensive oral histories, García presents the stories of these three activists and their involvement in the Movement and how the Movement changed their lives. The three include Raul Ruiz who was involved in numerous Movement manifestations such as the 1968 high school Blowouts; the Chicano anti-Vietnam War movement; the establishment of an independent Chicano political party, La Raza Unida Party; and was also the publisher of "La Raza" the premier Chicano Movement magazine. Second, he writes the story of Gloria Arellanes who was the only female minister of the militant Brown Berets. Her story notes the constant battle by women against sexism within the Berets and the Movement. Finally, there is Rosalio Munoz who was the key leader of the Chicano anti-war movement highlighted by the large anti-war demonstration on August 29, 1970 when some 20,000 mostly Chicanos demonstrated against the Vietnam War in East Los Angeles.

These are remarkable stories of leadership, courage, and commitment and he will discuss each and how he went about telling their stories.

About the Speaker

Mario T. García is Distinguished Professor of Chicano Studies and History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his Ph.D. in History at UC San Diego. A Guggenheim Fellow, he is the author of twenty books in Chicano history. These include Desert Immigrants: The Mexicans of El Paso, 1880-1920 (1981); Mexican Americans: Leadership, Ideology & Identity, 1930-1960 (1989); Memories of Chicano History: The Life and Narrative of Bert Corona (1994); Luis Leal: An Auto/Biography (2000); Católicos: Resistance and Affirmation in Chicano Catholic History (2008); Blowout! Sal Castro and the Chicano Struggle for Educational Justice (2012); The Latino Generation: Voices of the New America (2014); The Chicano Generation: Testimonios of the Movement (2015); Literature as History: Autobiography, Testimonio, and the Novel in the Chicano and Latino Experience ( 2016); editor of The Gospel of César Chávez: My Faith In Action (2007) and Dolores Huerta: A Reader (2008); His biography of Fr. Luis Olivares and the sanctuary movement in Los Angeles will be published in 2018 by the Univ. of North Carolina Press. He is the recipient of several book awards and is the 2016 recipient of the Stetson Kennedy Vox Populi Annual Award for linking oral history to social justice issues given by the Oral History Association.


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