Foreword by Ilan Stavans.
As the heyday of the Chicano Movement of the
late 1960s to early 70s fades further into history,
and as more and more of its important figures
pass on, so too does knowledge of its significance.
Thus, Chicano Movement For Beginners is a small
attempt to stave off historical amnesia.
Beyond commemorating the past, Chicano
Movement For Beginners seeks to reaffirm the
goals and spirit of the Chicano Movement for the
simple reason that many of the critical issues
Mexican American activists first brought to the
nation’s attention then—educational disadvantage,
endemic poverty, political exclusion, and social bias—remain as pervasive as ever
almost a half-century later.