During the 1960s, East Los Angeles became the center of the Chicano Movement, or Movimiento, the Mexican-American civil rights struggle. Thousands of Chicanos marched in protests, won reforms and changed America forever. But two generations later, that history is being forgotten. California schools don’t teach it and many immigrant parents don’t know it. A group of Chicano artists is trying to bring that history back to life by bringing a special theater program to an East L.A. school for youth at risk.
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Every time I hear the words “Chicano Theater” I get goose bumps! So many incredible memories come back and put a big old smile on my face. For so many years in our younger years (’70s), not only was it fun acting out the social and political issues of that time, but also very gratifying to know we were educating people of all ages. I have not given up the idea of our group coming together one last time to revive the excitement left behind long ago. I wish this Chicano group from East L.A. my very best! “Si Se Puede.”
We must liberate Xicano Nelson Mandela, Ramsey Muniz.
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