PBS Prejudice and Pride (1965-1980): The Latino Americans (53:30)In the 1960s and 1970s a generation of Mexican Americans find a new way forward, through social action and the building of a new "Chicano" identity. The movement is ignited when farm workers, led by César Chavez and Dolores Huerta, march on Sacramento. Through plays, poetry and film, Luis Valdez and activist Corky Gonzalez create a new appreciation of the long history of Mexicans in the South West. In Los Angeles, Sal Castro leads the largest high school student walkout in American history. In Texas, activists such as José Ángel Gutiérrez, create a new political party and change the rules of the electoral game. By the end of the 1970s Chicano activism and identity transformed what it meant to be an American.
They Called Me King Tiger: A Biography of the Chicano Malcolm XDubbed “King Tiger” and “the Malcolm X of the Chicano Movement,” Reies López Tijerina inspired Mexican-American college students of the late 1960s and early 1970s to start the Chicano Civil Rights Movement that stressed ethnic pride, ethnic studies, and opposition to police brutality. The Chicano movement eventually faded away, but at the time of the production of this film, King Tiger was alive, living in Mexico, and wanting to tell his story.
Prejudice and PrideWitness the creation of the proud 'Chicano' identity as labor leaders organize farm workers in California, and as activists push for better education opportunities for Latinos, the inclusion of Latino studies and empowerment in the political process.
Chicano Art MovementIn 1960, over 2% of the US population were Mexican-American – over three and a half million people! But many felt unwelcome in a white-dominated society, so some Mexicans born in America, known as Chicanos, turned to the arts to express their frustration and reassert their cultural identity.
Symbols of Resistance: A Tribute to the Martyrs of the Chican@ MovementIlluminating the untold stories of the Chican@ Movement, with a focus on events in Colorado and New Mexico, the film engages student activism, police repression, and issues of identity, land, and community which still resonate in Chican@ struggles today. Through interviews with those who shaped the movement and rare historical footage, the film offers a window into a dynamic moment in history.