Event to highlight Hispanic role in movement

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage month, the SHSU LULAC Young Adults Council will spotlight “El Movimiento” and the impact of Mexican American civil rights advocates on Tuesday (Oct. 20).

Assistant professor of English Lee Bebout will show the film “Walk Out” and lead a discussion on the Chicano Civil Rights Movement beginning at 6 p.m. in College of Humanities and Social Sciences Room 110.

“Walk Out,” an HBO film, is based on true events that happened in the 1960s to a group of Chicano (Mexican American) students who fought for justice and equality.

“Importantly, leaders of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement fought along side other leaders at the time such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, but have yet to reach the recognition that these other individuals now have in history,” said Sujey Vega, assistant professor of sociology.

“Dr. Bebout’s research and recent book, to be released fall of 2010, deal specifically with ‘El Movimiento,’ as it has come to be known, and the impact of these Mexican American civil rights advocates generations after their involvement in this crucial moment in U.S. history.”

LULAC stands for League of United Latin American Citizens.

For more information on LULAC or the event, contact Vega at svega@shsu.edu or Aurora Gomez at avg005@shsu.edu.

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