LUNCH 11:45 a.m. LECTURE 12:15 p.m.
Sal Castro was a motivating force in these protests. He inspired students to reach their potential and took the time to educate them about their Mexican American heritage. When his high school students expressed their concerns about limited resources and opportunities, he listened. He strongly believed in the importance of education and supported them as they fought for a better education system. Shortly after the protests, Mr. Castro and twelve others were prosecuted by the county Grand jury for conspiring to instigate the walkouts. They were freed on bail thanks to monetary contributions from Robert Kennedy and Eugene McCarthy, 1968 presidential candidates.
Although he is now a retired teacher and counselor in the Los Angeles Unified School District, Sal Castro continues his commitment to youth through his coordination of the Chicano Youth Leadership Conference. Featured in the documentary, Chicano! (1996) he was invited to the White House by President Clinton in May 1996.
During his lecture, Mr. Castro will share his own experiences during the time of the Blowouts and discuss the contributions of other Mexican Americans to the United States. In collaboration with Sal Castros lecture, the HBO movie, Walkout (2006), will be shown on Wednesday, April 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the Broad Performance Space at Pitzer College. Directed by Edward James Olmos and produced by Moctezuma Esparanza, Walkout brings to life the dramatic protest that served as the driving force of the Chicano civil rights movement.
Sal Castros lecture is sponsored by the Dean of Students Office at CMC and the Athenaeum as part of the 2006 Cesar Chavez Commemoration program.