During these historic walkouts, or “blowouts,” the students were led by Sal Castro , a courageous and charismatic Mexican American teacher who encouraged. In Blowout!, Mario García focuses on East Los Angeles educator Sal Castro as a great of Chicano history, since Castro played a central role in the East L.A. . Blowout! Sal Castro & the Chicano Struggle for Educational Justice. By Mario T. García and Sal Castro. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

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Based on a work at chicanoconversations. He joined the Mexican-American Education Committee, a group of graduate students who made recommendations to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on ways to improve services to Mexican-American students. Castro was completely unaware of his work. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Though some reforms were effected and some significantly sofor Castro the situation did not change enough.

Email Subscription Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. The University of North Carolina Press, The basis for these walkouts was the substandard educational opportunities maintained by the school district. Together, they have collaborated on a masterful and inspirational life story that is brilliantly contextualized by the larger Chicano Movement.

They carried through the next week and involved fifteen high schools and middle schools. His legacy is the changed consciousness that affected many students over his forty years as an educator. The interviews with Sal Castro, transcribed and presented in his own voice, are also supplemented with periodic inserts, or voices, provided by other historical actors involved in these walkouts and other displays of political activism that poignantly convey a larger collective process.

While Freire is no stranger to most educators today, during the 60s and 70s his work was not widely read outside of Latin America. The school was officially dedicated on Saturday June 5, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. This book is a strong asset not only to Chicano Studies but also to U. Sheer frustration motivated Castro to become increasingly outspoken after he acquired his teaching credential in Castro, who was ignorant of the rule, had given the go-ahead to use Spanish, and was immediately transferred to Lincoln High School in Lincoln Heightsin East Los Angeles.

As Castro helped students make demands of the school board, underground newspapers floated the idea of a boycott of East L. Returning to East L. This prompted the cancellation of the assembly and the suspension of the offending students. This is the first time his story has been written. Byhe was at Lincoln High in East L.


Contact Contact Us Help. At conferences, students discussed inequalities between schools within the LAUSD, the need for bilingual and culturally relevant education, and the need for systemic reforms that would place students on the track to higher education. Castro continued to lecture student groups across the country and helps run leadership conferences for high school students.

He gives personal accounts of the Zoot Suit riotsthe Watts riotsthe Chicano Moratorium against the war in Vietnam and more. Although many problems still persist in the education system, the enduring legacy of the blowouts is visible in the ever increasing enrollment of Chicanos and Latinos at third level institutions, a greater presence of Latinos as teachers as well as on educational boards and the emergence of Chicano Studies as an elective in High Schools.

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castor Im interested with what happened in during the walk-outs so i saw the movie WALKOUT and it really opened my eyes about how mexicans were really treated back then. Moreover, Castro repeatedly emphasises his desire to empower the students and community, to have them speak out so the infrequent additions adds a symbolic connection between teacher and community that suits the text.

These experiences would also help Castro as he critically assessed and challenged the U. Nonetheless, Castro began meeting informally with Mexican-American college students, who were by this cadtro beginning to call themselves Chicanos and Chicanas, and a network of Mexican American education activists began forming.

The walkouts were a great show of strength and solidarity by the students.

Sal Castro

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In the wake of the demonstrationsCastro was arrested and charged with 15 counts of conspiracy to disrupt public schools and 15 counts of conspiracy to disturb the peace. He also publicly denounced the members of the Minuteman Project as racists.

The result of the network was the holding of Chicano Youth Leadership Conferences CYLCtraining grounds for student activists, the first of which was held in There are a lot of clips from television news interviews during the walkouts on youtube as well as if you are interested. Recently, a colleague americasstudies wrote a piece on her experience as a blogger and the friction that lies, still, in academia […].


As a teacher of czstro and politics as well as his background in campaigning for various senators — including John and, later, Robert Kennedy — Castro masterfully contextualises the political and social climate of the 60s and 70s in the build up to, and the later repercussion of, the blowouts, all the while managing to maintain a sense of humour that can only endear him to the reader.

Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Also inCastro was highly critical of radio DJs who encouraged students to walk ccastro of sql in protest of United States House of Representatives resolutionwhich, if passed by the United States Senatewill impose stiffer penalties on unauthorized immigrants and their employers. Castro, born in in East L. Email required Address never made public.

Citing inspiration from civil rights activism, Castro decided in to organize a walkout with Conference alumni, other local high school and college students, the Brown Berets, faculty, parents, and the emerging Chicano underground press.

Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. When district officials ignored the students’ demands, calls for a boycott grew stronger.

Mexican American Political Association. Following military service, Castro started college and finally decided to pursue teaching, in order to change the system.

Silver Lake, Los Angeles [1]. Castro October 25, — April 15, was a Mexican-American educator and activist. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: His firsthand experience of discrimination in the U.

In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: These blowouts are hailed as the impetus blkwout the urban Chicano Movement, following on from the rural Chicano Movement that had begun some time earlier with Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers thus placing Sal Castro as one of the most important Chicano Civil Rights activists of the 60s and 70s.

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