Hoy es Día de la Raza.
In 1969, several Mexican American students at the High School in Brawley, California returned from a Chicano Student Conference at San Diego State University excited by the speakers they had heard there. They wore pins that read, “Mexican-American Liberation” to show their support for the Chicano movement. The school administrators demanded that they remove the pins, arguing that they were disturbing the other students and advocating disruption. The students filed a lawsuit in Federal court arguing that the school administrators violated their civil rights under the 1st and 14th amendments of the United States Constitution. This letter and pin are from that case, now held at the National Archives in Riverside.
To pay tribute to the many generations of Hispanic Americans that have enriched our nation’s history, the National Archives at Riverside will be highlighting some of our holdings relating to Hispanic American history in our region (Southern California, Arizona, and Clark County, NV), including records relating to Private Land Claims, Immigration and Naturalization, military service and many more.
For more information about Hispanic Heritage Month, see http://hispanicheritagemonth.gov/