Dr. Alicia Rodgriquez, of the History Department, recently announced that the CSUB History Forum will welcome Dr. Mario T. Garcia, Professor of History and Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Mr. Sal Castro, American educator and activist. Their talk, “Blowout! Sal Castro & the Chicano Struggle for Educational Justice,” will be based on their recently published book of the same title. The talk explores the March 1968 event when thousands of Chicano students walked out of their East Los Angeles high schools and middle schools to protest decades of inferior and discriminatory education in the so-called “Mexican Schools.” During these historic walkouts, or “blowouts,” the students were led by Sal Castro, a courageous and charismatic Mexican American teacher who encouraged the students to make their grievances public after school administrators and school board members failed to listen to them. The resulting blowouts sparked the beginning of the urban Chicano Movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s, the largest and most widespread civil rights protests by Mexican Americans in U.S. history.
The public is invited to join the CSUB community for this historic event on Friday, September 30, at 4:00 p.m. in the Dore Theater. Admission is free. Russo’s Books will be selling copies of BLOWOUT! at the event, and Garcia and Castro will be signing books after the talk. More information.