In the 1960s and 1970s, Colorado was at the forefront of El Movimiento, the fight to end discrimination and promote civil rights for Chicanos. The Chicano movement in Colorado was a hard-fought struggle to gain social and political power through education. Some believe it is still being fought to this day.
Over 300 community residents attended a recent AARP celebration of the achievements of Colorado’s Chicano Movement through an event at the History Colorado Center. The event featured presentations by elected leaders including Lt. Governor Joseph Garcia and Denver Councilman Paul Lopez, Chicano community leaders, a short play by Su Teatro theater company, and live music by the Freddie Rodriguez Jr. quartet. Demand for tickets to the event far exceeded capacity and many community residents who wished to attend were not able to , we were able to tape the program and individual videos of each presentation are available for viewing.
By Cynthia Pasquale • Through pickets, strikes, protests and boycotts in the 1960s and ’70s, Mexican Americans fought for civil rights, cultural preservation, and social and political change in Colorado.
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