"The understanding of a culture comes from hearing the language, tasting the food, seeing personal interactions, experiencing the traditions, and so much more when it is in context."
— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project
PASADENA– This spring, the 50th anniversary of the East L.A. high school walkouts coincides with the rise of a new nationwide student movement against gun violence.
Join the following panelists for an informal discussion about high school activism of the 60s and today.
Professor at San Diego Mesa College. A seven-time recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award, Starla has over 40 years of research and experience in Ethnic Studies, Women’s Studies and African Studies.
Roberta H. Martínez
Roberta H. Martínez has been the volunteer Director of Latino Heritage and has promoted knowledge of the Latino experience and history, in Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley through cultural and educational programs. Author of Images of America: Latinos in Pasadena (2009).
Carlos M. Montes
Carlos was one of the founders of the Brown Berets in East Los Angeles from 1967 to 1970, and he was one of the leaders of the 1968 East Los Angeles High School Walkouts o protest against racism and inequality in Los Angeles-area high schools. Carlos continues to organize against police brutality and ICE raids, for worker and immigrant rights, community empowerment and public education.
As a student at CSULA the 1960s, Raúl founded the Inside Eastside & the Chicano Student Movement newspapers and was a co-editor of the influential Chicano grassroots community journal La Raza. A lifelong Chicano activist, he was a key figure in organizing the 1968 East LA High School Walkouts. Thursday, May 3 6-8pm Pasadena Central Library, 4th floor studio 285 E Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91101 Free and open to the public Panelists full bios (Click on thumbnail for pdf): This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, through a Humanities for All Quick Grant. This project was made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division.