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Narrated Photo Essay: Moctesuma Esparza on the Inter-Relationship of the Movements During the 60s and 70s

Artbound "La Raza" is a KCETLink production in association with the Autry Museum of the American West and UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.

 

In the 1960s and 70s, a group of young idealists-activists came together to work on a community newspaper called La Raza that became the voice for the Chicano Movement. With only the barest resources, but a generous amount of dedication, these young men and women changed their world and produced an archive of over 25,000 photographs. Hear their thoughts on the times and its relevance today, while perusing through some photographs not seen in public for decades in this series of narrated slideshows

Click right or left to look through the images from the 1960s and 70s. Hit the play button on the bottom right corner to listen to the audio.

CSRC_LaRaza_B1F3C3_DW_020 Man holds a "by any means necessary" poster at Roosevelt Walkouts | Devra Weber, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Man holds a "by any means necessary" poster at Roosevelt Walkouts | Devra Weber, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
CSRC_LaRaza_B1F4C8_Staff_004 The US Organization, founded by Maulana (Ron) Karenga, marches in support of the LA 13. "The black community assisted us throughout our struggles," comments Joe Razo | La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA CSRC
The US Organization, founded by Maulana (Ron) Karenga, marches in support of the LA 13. "The black community assisted us throughout our struggles," comments Joe Razo | La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA CSRC
CSRC_LaRaza_B15F2C1_DZ_007 Protesters in la Marcha por los Tres in front of L.A. City Hall | Daniel Zapata, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Protesters in la Marcha por los Tres in front of L.A. City Hall | Daniel Zapata, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
CSRC_LaRaza_B12F10C1_STAFF?__014 A man on stage during a Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Los Angeles | La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
A man on stage during a Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Los Angeles | La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
CSRC_LaRaza_B12F10C1_STAFF?__016 A man prostrates while another man speaks during a Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Los Angeles | La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
A man prostrates while another man speaks during a Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Los Angeles | La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
CSRC_LaRaza_B15F2C1_DZ_016 Protesters in la Marcha por los Tres in front of L.A. City Hall | Daniel Zapata, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Protesters in la Marcha por los Tres in front of L.A. City Hall | Daniel Zapata, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
CSRC_LaRaza_B15F3C1_PA_003 Protesters during la Marcha por los Tres outside of the United States Courthouse in L.A. | Pedro Arias, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Protesters during la Marcha por los Tres outside of the United States Courthouse in L.A. | Pedro Arias, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
CSRC_LaRaza_B15F11C1_PA_018 Protesters at a demonstration against the Chilean  coup d'état outside of the L.A. Federal Building | Pedro Arias, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Protesters at a demonstration against the Chilean coup d'état outside of the L.A. Federal Building | Pedro Arias, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
CSRC_LaRaza_B15F3C1_PA_011 Protesters during la Marcha por los Tres outside of the United States Courthouse in L.A. | Pedro Arias, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Protesters during la Marcha por los Tres outside of the United States Courthouse in L.A. | Pedro Arias, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
CSRC_LaRaza_B15F11C1_PA_024 Protesters at a demonstration against the Chilean  coup d'état outside of the L.A. Federal Building | Pedro Arias, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Protesters at a demonstration against the Chilean coup d'état outside of the L.A. Federal Building | Pedro Arias, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
CSRC_LaRaza_B15F11C1_PA_030 Protesters at a demonstration against the Chilean  coup d'état outside of the L.A. Federal Building | Pedro Arias, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Protesters at a demonstration against the Chilean coup d'état outside of the L.A. Federal Building | Pedro Arias, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
CSRC_LaRaza_B15F14C1_Staff_003 Protesters demonstrate against President Richard Nixon in the "Dump Nixon" march from Echo Park to MacArthur Park | Maria Marquez Sanchez, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Protesters demonstrate against President Richard Nixon in the "Dump Nixon" march from Echo Park to MacArthur Park | Maria Marquez Sanchez, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
CSRC_LaRaza_B15F14C1_Staff_011 Protesters demonstrate against President Richard Nixon in the "Dump Nixon" march from Echo Park to MacArthur Park | Maria Marquez Sanchez, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Protesters demonstrate against President Richard Nixon in the "Dump Nixon" march from Echo Park to MacArthur Park | Maria Marquez Sanchez, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
CSRC_LaRaza_B15F14C1_Staff_012 Protesters demonstrate against President Richard Nixon in the "Dump Nixon" march from Echo Park to MacArthur Park | Maria Marquez Sanchez, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Protesters demonstrate against President Richard Nixon in the "Dump Nixon" march from Echo Park to MacArthur Park | Maria Marquez Sanchez, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
CSRC_LaRaza_B15F14C1_Staff_016 Girl holds "Give Nixon Some Time" sign at  "Dump Nixon" march from Echo Park to MacArthur Park | Maria Marquez Sanchez, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Girl holds "Give Nixon Some Time" sign at "Dump Nixon" march from Echo Park to MacArthur Park | Maria Marquez Sanchez, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
CSRC_LaRaza_B16F7S1_N055 The anti-Vietnam War demonstration down Wilshire Boulevard | La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
The anti-Vietnam War demonstration down Wilshire Boulevard | La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center

Moctesuma Esparza

My name is Moctesuma Esparza and during the mid to late-60s, I was a high school student who was active in the social civil rights movement of Chicanos. We could see all the way around us that there an anti-war movement, an African-American-led civil rights movement. The woman's movement was beginning to come into its own, building on the earlier efforts of many, many people. There was something we could do as Chicanos that would build on the work of those that had come before us. I was part of that.

Hear more from the other photographers here.

Learn more about the group of young activists that became the voice for the movimiento on "Artbound" S9 E2: La Raza. Watch now.

Top Image:  A government-sponsored demonstration for workers in support of President Luis Echeverria in Mexico City | Maria Marquez Sanchez, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center

Audio mix by: Michael Naeimollah

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