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May 1, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Film Screening: Chicano Park

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The theme for this year’s Cesar Chavez Celebration is United, Resistant & Unafraid! Join us for a screening of the documentary Chicano Park. From the book Mediating History, “This documentary traces the history of the San Diego Chicano community of Logan Heights, or Barrio Logan. This is a story of artists and community organizers who resisted the encroachment of freeways and urban development which divided their community. In the 1920s, Barrio Logan was the second largest Mexican-American community on the West Coast; but the community was uprooted during the Depression, when large numbers of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans were deported under US government policies intended to protect jobs for Anglos. In the 1960s, Chicano community activists fought to build a park on a parcel of land under the freeway. Civic and cultural pride came together in an historical vision of the Southwest that traced its origins to the mythical Aztec homeland of Aztlan, located in what is now the US Southwest, and continues the settlement of the barrio in 1900. Community residents, artists and activists discuss the long process of creating Chicano Park, which was finally opened in 1970 on a freeway underpass. The park became the site for community events and expressions from cultural performances to murals. This is a look at a community which set out to reclaim its cultural roots, land, and heritage.”

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served!

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Date and Time

May 1, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Location

Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Event Registration

Registration is not required for this event.

Event Fee

Free

Contact

Gayatri Singh    gasingh@ucsd.edu    858-822-2346

Audience

Faculty, Staff, Students, The General Public

Event Host

The Library

Event Category

Film and Television