Chapter 4 Brown and Proud
In the 1950s, a demographic shift began in Highland Park, reshaping and creating new vocabularies of resistance and pride within L.A.’s Latino and Mexican communities.
Highland Park, in particular, became a hotbed for new ideas and novel responses to the problem of discrimination, as schools, storefronts and parks became forums for discussion about a better future. In many ways, Highland Park was a forerunner of changes that would transform the region at large. Five years before the massive student walkouts of 1968, a Mexican-American was elected student president at Benjamin Franklin High School, the same wave of change that would bubble to the surface throughout Los Angeles already percolating in Highland Park.