During these historic walkouts, or “blowouts,” the students were led by Sal Castro , a courageous and charismatic Mexican American teacher who encouraged. In Blowout!, Mario García focuses on East Los Angeles educator Sal Castro as a great of Chicano history, since Castro played a central role in the East L.A. . Blowout! Sal Castro & the Chicano Struggle for Educational Justice. By Mario T. García and Sal Castro. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

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Together, they have collaborated on a masterful and inspirational life story that is brilliantly contextualized by the larger Chicano Movement. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Their actions led to some great changes in the school system but there are still issues to address — the lack of Spanish language resources for Latin American students, the racial prejudice that has re-emerged in the form of legislation that bans ethnic studies in some sla including Chicano Studies but also affecting Native American and other ethnic studies as well and many more.

Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. The school was officially dedicated sall Saturday June 5, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Join 30 other followers. Byhe was at Lincoln High in East L. Garcia frames the main autobiographical text of Blowout!

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His legacy is the changed consciousness that affected many students over his forty years as an educator. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Contact Contact Us Help. My blog has lain barren for several months now, one of the many victims that fell in the final push towards the completion of my asl thesis and preparations for the viva voce examination.

As a child, he experienced racial discrimination daily and witnessed the s repatriations and the Zoot Suit Riots.

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As a teacher of history and politics as well as his background in campaigning for various senators — including John and, later, Robert Kennedy — Castro masterfully contextualises the political and social climate of the 60s and 70s in the build up to, and the later repercussion of, the blowouts, all the while managing to maintain a sense of humour that can only endear him to the reader. Castro, born in in East L. East Los Angeles high school walkouts.


Castro continued to lecture student groups across the country and helps run leadership conferences for high school students. The charges were dropped in On more than a few occasions, Sal Castro experienced such discrimination firsthand.

The next day, another walkout was staged in protest of a school policy prohibiting male students from wearing their hair long. Email required Address never made public. Citing inspiration from civil rights activism, Castro decided in to organize a walkout with Conference b,owout, other local high school and college students, the Brown Berets, faculty, parents, and the castri Chicano underground press.

Blowoout is the first time his story has been written. Im interested with what happened in during the walk-outs so i saw the movie WALKOUT and it really opened my eyes about how mexicans were really treated back then Reply.

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Castro, the Mexican kid has a charming passivity, and you tell me you want to take that away? In the wake of the demonstrationsCastro was arrested and charged with 15 counts of conspiracy to disrupt public schools and 15 counts of conspiracy to disturb the peace.

The walkouts were a great show of strength and solidarity by the students. In Catholic and underfunded East L. Dubbed the “Chicano Blowouts”, the first day of protests were peaceful, but the second sa was marred by police violence against students from Roosevelt and Belmont high schools, who, unlike protesters at the other schools, had no protection from college students.

He joined the Mexican-American Education Committee, a group of graduate students who made recommendations to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on ways to improve services to Mexican-American students. While Freire is no stranger to most educators today, during the 60s and 70s his work was not widely read outside of Latin America.

From his first years as an educator, Castro confronted the inequities in staffing and student leadership. History, Political Sciences and Education Studies. Blog Stats 31, hits. Garcia and Sal Castro Blowout! The initial moderate agenda emphasized at these conferences, first held in under the name Spanish Speaking Youth Leadership Conference, increasingly embraced a more radical and activist approach that clearly influenced the student walkouts.

While it is the testimonio of Sal Castro, it is ultimately the story of young High School students who finally found a teacher who believed in them and gave them the courage and opportunity to protest the inequalities they already knew about and faced daily in their schools and colleges. The interviews with Sal Castro, transcribed and presented in his own voice, are also supplemented with periodic inserts, or voices, provided by other historical actors involved in these walkouts and other displays of political activism that poignantly convey a larger collective process.


Featured Posts Should I Blog? His firsthand experience of discrimination in the U. Following the small walkouts, students from the five public schools in East Los Angeles RooseveltWilson, Lincoln, Garfieldand Belmontwith the aid of local Chicano college students, coordinated unified protests. Although many problems still persist in the education system, the enduring legacy of the blowouts is visible in the ever increasing enrollment of Chicanos and Latinos at third level institutions, a greater presence of Latinos as teachers as well as on educational boards and the emergence of Chicano Studies as an elective in High Schools.

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The result of the network was the holding of Chicano Youth Leadership Conferences CYLCtraining grounds for student activists, the first of which was held in Returning to East L. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. This page was last edited on 6 Augustat He saw no combat action as hostilities with Korea ceased shortly after his entry, but was stationed at bases in AtlantaGeorgia and Fort JacksonSouth Carolina.

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