I Am Joaquin: Corky Gonzales

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I Am Joaquin: Corky Gonzales

  1. 1. I am Joaquin Yo Soy Joaquin Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales
  2. 2. Friday, April 15th, 2005 <ul><li>Chicano Leader Rodolfo &quot;Corky&quot; Gonzales 1929-2005: </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;He Was the Fist. He Stood For Defiance, Resistance&quot; </li></ul>
  3. 3. Obituary <ul><li>Chicano political and civil rights activist Rodolfo &quot;Corky&quot; Gonzales died Tuesday at his home in Denver, Colorado. He was 76 years old. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Gonzales was an iconic leader in the movement for justice and equality for Mexican-Americans in the Southwest and he is credited with raising the nation's awareness of the plight of urban Chicanos. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Activism <ul><li>In the mid-1960’s he founded an urban civil rights and cultural movement called the Crusade for Justice which advocated Chicano nationalism. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>During the late sixties and early seventies, he organized walkouts, demonstrations against police brutality and marches against the Vietnam War. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>In 1968, Gonzales led a Chicano contingent to the Poor People's March on Washington D.C and issued a &quot;plan of the Barrio&quot; which demanded better housing, education and restitution of pueblo lands. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Gonzales was also an organizer of the Annual Chicano Youth Liberation Conference which sought to create unity among Chicano youth. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Gonzales also advocated for increased political representation for Chicanos. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1972 he was the keynote speaker at the newly formed La Raza Unida Party national convention in El Paso Texas. </li></ul><ul><li>The party fielded political candidates to run for office in the state. </li></ul>
  10. 10. I am Joaquin <ul><li>But perhaps Corky Gonzales is best known for his poem &quot;I am Joaquin/Yo Soy Joaquin.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>He wrote the epic poem in 1965 and it is one of the most important literary works to emerge from the Chicano movement. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>In the poem Gonzales tells of the historic struggles faced by Mexican Americans in the United States. </li></ul>

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