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Colorful History #71: Sal Castro & The East L.A. Walkouts

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The story of U.S. history is one of the country’s people — and the efforts of those people to advance opportunity and equity for a better life.  In Sal Castro & The East L.A. Walkouts, students can explore issues of fairness, cultural identity, and activism. 

This comic — written by students of Arvada High School (Arvarda, CO) — tells the story of the East L.A. Walkouts of 1968, detailing how thousands of Los Angeles students, legendary teacher Sal Castro, and others helped spark the Chicano movement for justice by organizing to end discriminatory practices and substandard education for Hispanic, Latinx, and Chicano students in L.A. schools.

Estimated Lexile Level: 810 – 1000

Projects and discussion questions aligned to Common Core standards for grades 8-10 

Story by Evan Yang, Robin Welch
Art by Joe Blablazo
Lettering by R. Alan Brooks


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