Cal State L.A. honors legacy of pioneering journalist Rubén Salazar

October 22, 2014

Exhibit features the life and career of renowned Mexican American journalist

Historical photo of Ruben Salazar

What:  Cal State L.A. celebrates the life and career of pioneering Mexican American journalist Rubén Salazar with the opening of a multimedia exhibition, entitled “Legacy of Rubén Salazar: A Man of His Words, a Man of His Time,” on Thursday, Oct. 23.

Who:   The opening reception will feature a historical presentation by L.A. City Councilman Gil Cedillo, remarks by exhibit consultant Rosalio Muñoz, light refreshments, and a tour of the exhibit located in Library North, first-floor display area.

This exhibit is co-hosted by the Chican@ Latin@ University Association and the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State L.A. Community members are invited to this public event.

When:  Opening reception takes place Thursday, Oct. 23,  4-6 p.m.  (Exhibit runs from Oct. 23 through March 27.)

Where:   Cal State L.A.’s John F. Kennedy Memorial Library, north walkway. The University is located at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino (I-10) freeway, at the interchange of the 10 and 710 freeways. For a campus map and directions, click here.

Background:   Rubén Salazar was an accomplished journalist, foreign correspondent and columnist for the Los Angeles Times and news director for Spanish-language KMEX-TV. He was killed by a tear-gas missile fired by a Sheriff’s Department deputy in East Los Angeles during the National Chicano Moratorium against the Vietnam War on Aug. 29, 1970.

The exhibit will showcase key aspects of Salazar’s life, career and their social context. The exhibit will include articles Salazar authored regarding education, police-community relations in East Los Angeles, agricultural labor, and his transition from a Mexican American reporter to a columnist who explained the triumphs and frustrations of the Chicano community. Also included is a photo slideshow with a video montage about the Chicano Movement and Rubén Salazar.

Info:   For more information, click here or call the Cal State L.A. Chicano Studies department at (323) 343-2190.

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(Pictured: Rubén Salazar stationed in Mexico City from Oct. 1965 to Dec. 1968. Circa 1965. Courtesy of USC Libraries.)


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