Martin Luther King, Jr will always be honored as one of the guiding lights of the Black Civil Rights Movement in U.S. in the 1960s. What many of us aren’t taught in school is how much MLK inspired and encouraged the various Latino civil rights organizers during that period as well. In honor of MLK Day next week, we bring you five videos concerned with Latino American civil rights. The Southern Poverty Law Center also provides a timeline of Latino civil rights for your reference.
Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales
“Corky” Gonzales wrote the famous poem,“Yo Soy Joaquín,” which introduced many people to the Chicago community. He started out as a boxer and then became a poet and activist, convening the first ever Chicago youth conference in 1969. This documentary discusses the seldom-taught history of Chicano civil rights in the 1960s, and is an excellent introduction to this important part of recent American history.