Narrated Photo Essay: Moctesuma Esparza on the Inter-Relationship of the Movements During the 60s and 70s | KCET
Narrated Photo Essay: Moctesuma Esparza on the Inter-Relationship of the Movements During the 60s and 70s
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.
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.
More La Raza stories
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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