Latino Americans: 500 Years of History Series Part 5: "Prejudice and Pride (1965-1980)"
Monday March 14, 2016: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
This film and discussion will be presented in English. This program will also be presented in Spanish on [http://www.aadl.org/node/321731|Wednesday, March 16].
Mabel Rodriguez, Lecturer at the University of Michigan Spanish Department and Residential College will lead this screening and discussion of Prejudice and Pride (1965-1980). Ms. Rodriguez will bring additional information as to how the political and educational scene has changed since the protests depicted in the documentary, as well as issues that continue to affect the Hispanic community today.
In the 1960s and 1970s a generation of Mexican Americans, frustrated by persistent discrimination and poverty, find a new way forward, through social action and the building of a new "Chicano" identity. The movement is ignited when farm workers in the fields of California, led by César Chavez and Dolores Huerta, march on Sacramento for equal pay and humane working conditions. Through plays, poetry and film, Luis Valdez and activist Corky Gonzalez create a new appreciation of the long history of Mexicans in the South West and the Mestizo roots of Mexican Americans. In Los Angeles, Sal Castro, a schoolteacher, leads the largest high school student walkout in American history, demanding that Chicano students be given the same educational opportunities as Anglos. In Texas, activists such as José Ángel Gutiérrez, create a new political party and change the rules of the electoral game. By the end of the 1970s, Chicanos' activism and identity have transformed what it means to be an American. Chicano and Latino studies are incorporated into school curriculum; Latinos are included in the political process.
The Ann Arbor District Library is one of 203 sites nationwide to host this series, which has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. The AADL series is also co-sponsored by [http://michiganradio.org/|Michigan Radio] and the U-M Latina/o Studies Program and is part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities In the Public Square. For more information on Latino Americans: 500 Years of History programs at AADL, please visit [http://www.aadl.org/latinoamericans|aadl.org/latinoamericans].