This article originally appeared on UCLA's Newsroom on March 9, 2018.
UCLA’s Chicano Studies Research Center looks back at a critical moment in the Civil Rights Era
In early March 1968, nearly 20,000 students from the predominantly Chicano/Chicana neighborhoods of East Los Angeles walked out of their classrooms to call attention to the racial injustice and inequity rampant in public schools. It was the first mass demonstrations by Chicano and Chicana people in a major urban center.
The high school and college students who took part in the walkouts in 1968 were among those who would help establish the Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA the following year.