Gonzales, Rodolpho, 1928-2005

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Denver, Colo. based Chicano leader, nicknamed "Corky," in the movement for justice and equality for Mexican-Americans in the Southwest. Credited with raising national awareness of the plight of urban Chicanos. Founded an urban civil rights and cultural movement called the Crusade for Justice which advocated Chicano nationalism. Organized walkouts, demonstrations against police brutality and marches against the Vietnam War. In 1968, led a Chicano contingent to the Poor People's March on Washington D.C and issued a "plan of the Barrio" which demanded better housing, education and restitution of pueblo lands. Organizer of the Annual Chicano Youth Liberation Conference, which sought to create unity among Chicano youth. Advocated for increased political representation for Chicanos. Keynote speaker in 1972 at the newly formed La Raza Unida Party national convention in El Paso, Tex. Best known for his poem "I am Joaquin/Yo Soy Joaquin." Wrote the epic poem in 1965 and it is one of the most important literary works to emerge from the Chicano movement. Poem tells of the historic struggles faced by Mexican Americans in the United States.

From the description of Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales papers, 1930-2006 [manuscript]. (Denver Public Library). WorldCat record id: 129677992

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referencedIn Mireles, Irma, 1947-. Oral history interview with Irma Mireles, 1998 [videorecording]. University of Texas at Arlington, Central Library
creatorOf Gonzales, Rodolpho, 1928-2005. Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales papers, 1930-2006 [manuscript]. Denver Public Library, Central Library
referencedIn De León, Nephtalí, 1945-. Oral history interview with Nephtalí De León, 1999 [videorecording]. University of Texas at Arlington, Central Library
referencedIn Cavada, Viviana,. Oral history interview with Viviana Cavada, 1998 [videorecording]. University of Texas at Arlington, Central Library
referencedIn Ernesto B. Vigil Freedom of Information Act papers 1961-1976. Denver Public Library, Central Library
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associatedWith Cavada, Viviana, person
associatedWith Crusade for Justice. corporateBody
associatedWith De León, Nephtalí, 1945- person
associatedWith Gonzales, Geraldine Romero, person
associatedWith Mireles, Irma, 1947- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
West (U.S.)
Hispanic Americans--Civil rights
Mexican American leadership
Civil rights movement
Hispanic Americans--Ethnic identity
Mexican American poets
Political activists
Mexican Americans--Civil rights
Mexican American authors
Chicano movement


Birth 1928-06-18

Death 2005-04-12


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