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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This site uses cookies. Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. On more than a few occasions, Sal Castro experienced such discrimination firsthand. Garcia and Sal Castro Blowout!

Following military service, Castro started college and finally decided to pursue teaching, in order to change the system. 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 csstro activism that poignantly convey a larger collective process.

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Mexican American Political Association. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Notify me of new comments via email. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Carried out over a ten year period, this book is the result of hundreds of hours of recorded conversations compiled by historian Dr.

Mario Garcia with Sal Castro as well as with a wealth of other students, teachers, administrators, artists and activists who knew Sal personally, many of whom had also been part of the High School Blowouts. He discovered a student population ready, willing, and able to utilize dal action in an effort to be heard by the school board and society at large.


His legacy is the changed consciousness that affected many students over his forty years as an educator. University of North Carolina Press. While Freire is no stranger to most educators today, during the 60s and 70s his work was not widely read outside of Latin America. From his first years as an educator, Castro confronted the inequities in staffing and student leadership.

Join 30 other followers. They carried through the next week and involved fifteen high schools and middle schools. The initial moderate agenda emphasized at these conferences, first held in under the name Spanish Speaking Youth Leadership Conference, increasingly embraced blowoht more radical and activist approach that clearly influenced the student walkouts.

Sal Castro

Their actions led to some great changes in the school system but there are still issues to address — the lack of Spanish language resources for Latin American students, the racial prejudice that has re-emerged in the form of legislation that bans ethnic studies in some states including Chicano Studies but also affecting Native American and other ethnic studies as well and many more.

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 Reply. Sal Castro himself described these conferences as the backbone of the walkouts since many of the student organizers were previous participants. Following the small walkouts, students from the five public schools in East Los Angeles RooseveltWilson, Lincoln, Garfieldand Belmontwith the aid of local Chicano college students, coordinated unified protests.


Sal Castro – Wikipedia

Retrieved from ” https: Castro continued to lecture student groups across the country and helps run leadership conferences for high school students. The charges were castto in You are commenting using your Facebook account. It not only is a critical source on the experience of the man credited with inspiring the movement He began coaching Mexican-American students to run for positions in student government.

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. He held various positions in the Los Angeles-area schools before being hired at Belmont High School in Downtown Los Angeles as an interpreter and social studies teacher. Though some reforms were effected and some significantly sofor Castro the situation did not change enough.


Based on a work at chicanoconversations. His firsthand experience of discrimination in cashro U. 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.

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