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Student walkouts hark back to the Chicano Movement


Aired 4/19/09

Tom Fudge speaks with Sal Castro, a key figure in the historic Chicano/a-led student walkouts of 1968. He also speaks with two UCSD professors about Chicano/a history and identity.

Sal Castro will be at UCSD to lead a discussion following a public screening of the HBO film Walkout on Wednesday May 10 at 7pm. Walkout is directed by Edward James Olmos and is based on the true story of the 1968 walkouts.

The documentary film "Viva La Causa: 500 Years Of Chicano History" will be shown at UCSD's Cross-Cultural Center tonight at 5pm.


  • Sal Castro , Youth motivator and volunteer teacher. He mentored the students who staged walkouts in 1968. He joins us from his home in Los Angeles.
  • Jorge Mariscal , director of the Chicano Studies Program at UC San Diego. His latest book is Brown-Eyed Children of the Sun: Lessons from the Chicano Movement.
  • Tomas Jimenez , Assistant Professor of Sociology at UCSD. His research focuses on immigration, race, ethnicity, inequality, assimilation, and the Mexican-origin population in the U.S.

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