Narrated Photo Essay: Oscar Castillo on La Raza's Enduring Importance | KCET
Narrated Photo Essay: Oscar Castillo on La Raza's Enduring Importance
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 Oscar Castillo and was a aspiring professional photographer, so that's how I happen to be involved with La Raza magazine. The importance of the role La Raza played back then is important, but I think it's moreso now to provide a historical perspective to younger children that have no idea when you talk to them about the Moratorium or different events in the 70s. They don't have a clue because it's not part of the general media. By creating a separate media and separate perspective. We're able to share those experiences. They say that history repeats itself. If you understand history, then you understand your own life.
Hear more from the other photographers here.
More La Raza Stories
Top Image: Two young boys with their fists held high while holding newspapers in support of Raul Ruiz | Manuel Barrera, Jr., La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Audio mix by: Michael Naeimollah
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