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Transcript of Sal Castro
: In 1968, can you talk a little bit about what happened, what led up to how and why the Chicano Youth Leadership Conference was created?
...after the Army, I started counting Mexicans. You see, when I went in the Army I had experienced heavy discrimination as an adult. As a kid this happens, but you don't realize it’s happening. My family, for example, never went to picnics at public parks like Griffith Park or the nice parks in West LA. We always went to “Marrano” Beach in East LA because that's where the Mexicans went—we weren’t allowed to go anywhere else. The gabachos would throw the Mexicans out. If they threw you out the cops wouldn't do anything about it, so it was an unenforced discrimination. As a chavalito, I remember a swimming pool right near Virgil High School, which is on Vermont and 1st Street. ...Mexicans weren’t allowed to go swimming except on Wednesday nights...
This short film was produced for the National Hispanic Media Coalition's Impact Awards Gala in 2006 of which Sal Castro was awarded the Impact Award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to the Latino Community.
Watch from 2:38 to 3:44
In June 2010, Sal Castro sat down with Gilda L. Ochoa to talk about his passion for educational justice.
Ochoa: What would you say to today’s teachers, given the current conditions for Chicano/Latino students?
Castro: You start with the love of the kids, not the love of your subject matter. You start loving the kids, and know that you’re going to go to the wall for them to make sure that they’re successful. Then, you better reek of ethnic studies. In history, you talk about the American Revolution, and you throw in Mexican or Spanish surnames: Bernardo Gálvez, the 9,000 Mexican troops that came up here, the money that Mexico donated to Washington for the revolution, the missions that were collecting money for the revolution.
The kids knew I cared. They knew that I was there for them even if they had already graduated. They saw the love. So they had respect for me.
Ochoa: You’ve had a long commitment to teaching.
Castro: Thirty years ago, I had offers from ...colleges. But I said: “No, no, I started as a teacher. I [will continue] as a teacher”…
"I am a concerned American who wants our country to live up to its promise of equality, liberty, and justice for all."
Salvador B. Castro was a Mexican-American teacher and activist. He was born in Los Angeles on October 25, 1933. He was very well known for his actions in the 1968 East Los Angeles Chicano high school walkouts where a group of protests against the inequality faced by students in Los Angeles Unified School District schools too place. When he retired, he continued to speak to groups of people about his experiences and the importance of education, especially for Mexican Americans. He died in Los Angeles on April 15, 2013. He was an inspiration to many.
Sal Castro speaking at a conference in Belmont for Mexican-American students
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High School teacher Sal Castro joins a Latino Student Walkout in Los Angeles
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Sal Castro leading a student walkout/blowout in 1968
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Diane Velarde-Hernandez has been an educator at San Fernando High School for almost 28 years. She has led many struggles to advance educational opportunities for her students. Here is an interview she had with Sal Castro
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by Los Angeles Times Op-Ed columnist and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Patt Morrison, produced by documentary filmmaker Alison Sotomayor, and edited by Noe Carillo.
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How do you think Mario T. Garcia felt about Sal Castro?
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Why do you think Mexican Americans decided to call themselves "Chicanos"?
Book written in 2011: Blowout! : Sal Castro and the Chicano Struggle for Educational Justice
Written by MarioT. Garcia
Vista LA on ABC in 2011
Watch from 0:46 to 3:37
What was going on in the 1960s?
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Sal Castro continued to speak at various schools and events about the importance of equal education until he died in 2013.
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What do you find interesting about the sign on the podium?