The newest installment of the KLRU-TV documentary series “Austin Revealed” focuses on Chicano Civil Rights. KLRU will present four short pieces online each Thursday in March followed by the broadcast of an hour-long documentary on March 31.
The documentary explores the struggle of the Chicano movement of the 60s and 70s and how the Mexican-American community of Austin united to fight for quality education, equal representation, and respect for their diverse culture. Through first person interviews, subjects will tell of their collective lasting impact through empowerment, sacrifices, accomplishments and failures.
KLRU has also partnered with The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center to present a screening and discussion of the documentary as part of their César Chávez celebrations. The screening will be Thursday, March 31st at The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. Film starts at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. The event is free, but an RSVP is required. RSVP at klru.org/rsvp.
“Austin Revealed” is an oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past and present to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Chicano Civil Rights features interviews with a long list of Austin civil rights leaders about their experience at the time. Interview subjects include: Susana Almanza, Gonzalo Barrientos, Ernesto Calderon, Martha Cotera, Marcos De Leon, Ernesto Fraga, Margaret Gomez, Dr. Jose Angel Gutierrez, Dr. Jose Limon, Maria Elena Martinez, Richard Moya, Hortensia Palomares, Alan Pogue, Sabino “Pio” Renteria, Gilbert Rivera, Pete Rivera, Zeke Romo, Velia Sanchez-Ruiz, Juan Tejeda, John Trevino, Modesta Trevino, Raul Valdez, and Dr. Emilio Zamora.