During these historic walkouts, or “blowouts,” the students were led by Sal Castro , a courageous and charismatic Mexican American teacher who encouraged. In Blowout!, Mario García focuses on East Los Angeles educator Sal Castro as a great of Chicano history, since Castro played a central role in the East L.A. . Blowout! Sal Castro & the Chicano Struggle for Educational Justice. By Mario T. García and Sal Castro. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

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Sal Castro

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Moreover, Castro repeatedly emphasises his desire to empower the students and community, to have them speak out so the infrequent additions adds a symbolic connection between teacher and community that suits the text.

Until his retirement inCastro was an educational critic of busing and charter schools which he believed mis-appropriated funds needed for improving the inner-city schools and of bilingual education which he found lacking crucial cultural components by the s.

The next day, another walkout was staged in protest of a school policy prohibiting male students from wearing their hair long. The interviews with Sal Castro, transcribed and presented in his own voice, are also supplemented with periodic inserts, or voices, provided by other historical actors involved in these walkouts and other displays of political activism that poignantly convey a larger collective process.

Mario Garcia with Sal Lbowout as well as with a wealth of other students, teachers, administrators, artists and activists who knew Sal personally, many of whom had also been part of the High School Blowouts.

This is the first time his story has been written. He died castrro Los Angeles on April 15, Contact Contact Us Help. The only committee recommendation the supervisors acted on, however, was the creation of an “Urban Affairs Liaison”, which had little effect on the quality of education in Los Angeles schools.

Castro, born in in East L. He saw no combat action as hostilities with Korea ceased shortly after his entry, but was stationed at bases in AtlantaGeorgia and Fort JacksonSouth Carolina. In the wake of the demonstrationsCastro was arrested and charged with 15 counts of conspiracy to disrupt public schools and 15 counts of conspiracy to disturb the peace.


Citing inspiration from civil rights activism, Castro decided in to organize a walkout with Conference alumni, other local high school and college students, the Brown Berets, faculty, parents, and the emerging Chicano underground press. In Marchstudents from Wilson High School walked out after the school principal cancelled a performance of the Neil Simon play Barefoot in the Park.

He discovered a student population ready, willing, and able to utilize mass action in an effort to be heard by the school board and society at large.

Castro, the Mexican kid has a charming blowwout, and you tell me you want to take that away? My blog has lain barren for several months now, one of the many victims that fell in the sa, push towards the completion of my doctoral thesis and preparations for the viva voce examination. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Castro, who was ignorant of the rule, had given the go-ahead to use Spanish, and was immediately transferred to Lincoln High School in Lincoln Heightsin East Los Angeles.

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In Catholic and underfunded East L. Retrieved from ” https: The walkouts were a great show of strength and solidarity by the students.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. His firsthand experience of discrimination in the U. Dubbed the “Chicano Blowouts”, the first day of protests were peaceful, but the second sla was marred by police violence against students from Roosevelt and Belmont high schools, who, unlike protesters at the other schools, had no protection from college students. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: While it is the testimonio of Sal Castro, it is ultimately the story of young High School students who finally found a teacher who believed in them and gave them the courage and opportunity to protest the inequalities they already knew about and faced daily in their schools and colleges.

It not only is a critical source on the experience of the man credited with inspiring the movement After he retired from teaching, he continued to lecture about his experiences and the importance of education, especially for Mexican Americans.

There are a dastro of clips from television news interviews during the walkouts on youtube as well as if you are interested. Based on a work at chicanoconversations. Contact Contact Us Help.


This prompted the cancellation of the assembly and the suspension of the offending students. Castro continued to lecture student groups across the country and helps run leadership conferences for high school students.

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Garcia and Sal Castro Blowout! Always interested in higher educationhe was particularly impressed by the campus of College of William and Mary while stationed in Virginia but he left the Army to marry his high school sweetheart, and attended Los Angeles City College LACC before transferring to L.

Email Subscription Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Though some reforms were effected and some significantly sofor Castro the situation did not change enough.

While not opposed to the demonstrations themselves, Castro was concerned that those encouraging the protests did not accompany the students to protect them as he and the other organizers of the walkouts had.

The school was officially dedicated on Saturday June 5, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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Email required Address never made public. As a teacher of history and politics as well as his background in campaigning for various senators — including John and, later, Robert Kennedy — Castro masterfully contextualises the political and social climate of the 60s and 70s in the build up to, and the later repercussion of, the blowouts, all the while managing to maintain a sense of humour that can only endear him to the reader.

He held various positions in the Los Angeles-area schools before being hired at Belmont High School in Downtown Los Angeles as an interpreter and social studies teacher. This book is a strong asset not only to Chicano Studies but also to U. He gives personal accounts of the Zoot Suit riotsthe Watts riotsthe Chicano Moratorium csatro the war in Vietnam and caztro. Castro was completely unaware of his work.

Following military service, Castro started college and finally decided to pursue teaching, in order to change the system.