Today in L.A., March 8

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March 8, 1968

¡Viva La Raza! Today marks the anniversary of the East Los Angeles High School Walk Outs, in which nearly 10,000 students (including a 15 year-old Roosevelt High student named Antonio Villaraigosa) stormed out of their classes to protest the inferior quality of their education, which included such polices as failing students for speaking Spanish or denying them use of restrooms. Many historians consider this the first mobilization of the Chicano and Chicana movement in Los Angeles and perhaps in the nation as a whole.  The events later inspired the 2006 HBO film, Walkout, produced by one of the organizers from the original marches, Moctesuma Esparza.

Photo by Oscar Castilo