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Interview – Armando Rendon, California author & publisher, Part 1

Armando Rendon is a former California journalist, chicano activist, novelist, essayist and of late, co-founder of a digital publisher,  www.somosenescrito.com. Rendon spent the first 10 years of his life  growing up in San Antonio’s westside, which serves as a setting for one of his novels.  During the early to mid-1960s, Rendon would have a life-changing …

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Aurelio Montemayor – December 1968 Testimony before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission

Aurelio Montemayor testimony before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, San Antonio, Texas Date:  December, 1968 (see also in this edition, Interview of Aurelio Montemayor) In mid-December, 1968,  while the future of the 172 boycotting high school students at Edcouch Elsa, Texas remained in limbo, the U.S. Civil Rights Commission was holding hearings in San Antonio. …

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Interview – July, 2018: Aurelio Montemayor, Activist, Educator, Part 2

Montemayor discusses the founding of what is probably the first successful Chicano/a college in the country; how Colejio Jacinto Trevino, Mercedes, Texas, came about and, ultimately, reasons for its demise.  The Colejio gained full-throated accreditation support from Antioch College.  Importantly, Montemayor identifies key Chicano and Chicana intellectuals of the time who sacrificed their own life …

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2018 Interview – Nacho Perez Part 1

Interview of Nacho Perez The Chicana/o Legacy Project  seeks to record and archive the voices of avant-garde activists of the Chicano/Chicana Movement of the mid to late 1960s to mid to late 1970s.  Previous inverviews include Rosie Castro, Bamby Cardenas, Rebecca Flores (Harrington), Mario Compean  and Aurelio Montemayor.  Ignacio (Nacho) Perez, Chicano activist during the …

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Leo Montalvo

Leo Montalvo served as city commissioner for the City of McAllen, Texas for 20 years before being elected the first Mexican American mayor of that City.  In this interview he recalls his family immigrating to Texas when he was a young boy and not knowing a lick of English.  Montalvo would be placed in the …

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