PUEBLO — The public is invited to the book launch of “El Movimiento de Pueblo: An Anthology of Chicana and Chicano Activism” at El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N Union Ave, Pueblo, CO on Thursday, July 21 from 5 pm to 7 pm. The 10 Pueblo authors will be available to autograph the book and the History Colorado “Movimiento” exhibit will be open free of charge. The book was edited in part by Walsenburg High School Graduate Deborah Martinez Martinez. Many Walsenburg students participated in the Chicano movement during the 1970s.
“El Movimiento” is a march through the changing times of the early 1970s in Pueblo, Colorado. Eleven Pueblo authors researched and wrote the chapters of the book. These are the stories of the change makers and those who fought for their civil rights in Pueblo, Colorado.
The authors are Dr. Richard Rivera, the honorable Joe T. Ulibarri, Lenny Valdez, Juan Espinosa, Pablo Mora, Augustine Vega, Rita J. Martinez, Deborah Martinez Martinez, Dave Marquez, Walter L. Geresh, Esq., and Rick C. Archuletta. Each of these authors researched and wrote the chapters of the book. These are the stories of the agents of change who organized the early boycotts, protests and walk-outs in Pueblo.
Deborah Martinez Martinez, formerly with the University of Southern Colorado, writes about the many faces of education from pre-school to bilingual/bicultural education to college level concerns of the Pueblo community. She included Teacher Corps, Trio programs Upward Bound, Talent Search and Student Support Services.
The book compliments El Movimiento exhibit developed by Denver’s History Colorado. The local exhibit was developed by community activists who added Pueblo-specific stories to the exhibit. The book and a Colorado State University-Pueblo Chicano Studies course of the same name are offshoots of El Pueblo History Museum’s exhibit.
The anthology is published by Vanishing Horizons and is available for purchase at El Pueblo History Museum Bookstore. It is priced at $15.