Message to Aztlán: Selected Writings of Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales

Message to Aztlán: Selected Writings of Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales

Message to Aztlán: Selected Writings of Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales

Message to Aztlán: Selected Writings of Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales

Synopsis

"One of the most famous leaders of the Chicano civil rights movement, Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales, was a multifaceted and charismatic, bigger-than-life hero who inspired his followers not only by taking direct political action but also by making eloquent speeches, writing incisive essays, and creating the kind of socially engaged poetry and drama that could be communicated easily throughout the barrios of Aztlan, the communities populated by Chicanos in the United States." "Gonzales is the author of I Am Joaquin, an epic poem of the Chicano Movement that lives on in film, sound recording, and hundreds of anthologies. Gonzales and other Chicanos established the Crusade for Justice, a Denver-based civil rights organization, school, and community center, in 1966. The school, La Escuela Tlatelolco, lives on today some three decades after its founding." "In Message to Aztlan, Dr. Antonio Esquibel, Professor Emeritus of Metropolitan State College of Denver, has compiled the first collection of Gonzales' diverse writings: the original I Am Joaquin (1967), along with a new Spanish translation; seven major speeches (1968-78); two plays, The Revolutionist and A Cross for Maclovio (1966-67); various poems written during the 1970s and a selection of letters. These varied works demonstrate the evolution of Gonzales' thought on human and civil rights. Any examination of the Chicano Movement is incomplete without this volume. An eight-page photo insert accompanies the text." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

I wrote the thirty-six pieces in this volume between 1966 and 1980, during the height of the Chicano Movement. We compiled them with the help of my gran amigo and compañero of more than thirtyfive years, Dr. Antonio Esquibel. During the ten years he served on the Board of Trustees of La Escuela Tlatelolco, he researched, identified, collected, and typed the writings that appear in this book. These selections are not all of my writings of that time. We selected these because they represent my thoughts during the late 1960s and 1970s. At that time, I was not only writing and giving speeches on the Movement, but was chair of the Crusade for Justice, a full-fledged, multipurpose, Chicano-oriented, activist organization located in Denver, Colorado.

I published many of these writings as editorials, articles, or poems in El Gallo: La Voz de la Justicia, the newspaper that we at the Crusade for Justice published from 1967 to 1980. These are referenced in the text and in the end notes. The others, such as the two plays, The Revolutionist and A Cross for Maclovio, the speech I gave in 1976 in Colorado Springs for the Bicentennial, and some of my poems, were reproduced from my own personal files.

I believe it is important for future generations, and the older ones, too, to know and have access to my thoughts through my writings during the Chicano Movement. It was my intent to write my version of the Chicano Movement in a book that I began before I was injured in a 1988 auto accident. That book, entitled The Chicano Revolution, A Poetic Account and Philosophy of the Chicano Movement, is outlined, and I have written several chapters of it. I intend to finish it.

Until it is completed, mi gente de Aztlán can analyze the works in this volume. Even though this volume does not contain everything I wrote almost thirty years ago, it does capture my ideas, thoughts, and . . .

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