It’s been more than a week since the 40th Reunion of La Raza Unida Party. I posted some quick reflections about that last week, and since then there have been several new articles, videos, and photo collections posted online for all to see.
I have also been able to watch some of the interviews we recorded over the weekend. (It’s one of the perks of being the person who turns them all into DVDs.) Each recorded interview has some nugget of historical information and insight into the meaning and lasting power of the Chican@ Civil Rights Movement. These videos, which will be posted online at a later date, are the best answer to the Statesman’s ridiculous headline published before the reunion. Rather than it being the “ultímo adiós,” the reunion was a celebration of life and the continued efforts by La Raza Unida activists to change our world for the better. From the interviews to the breakout sessions and dinner socializing the atmosphere was anything but a memorial service. That said, there were many moments of honor provided to those in El Movimiento who were taken too young, or have passed on in the last few years. I tried to capture some of this energy in my photos, and others did as well.
Here are some links to photo albums, videos, and other reflections by people who made the time to participate in the reunion.
Dr. Angela Valenzuela gives her reflections on La Raza Unida Party and the 40th Reunion.
Here’s the video of the interview:
Finally, Maria Anglin of San Antonio Express-News points out that La Raza Unida’s Work Lives On.
Do you have photos or videos to share? Let me know. All of the photos, videos, and audio recordings will be collected and submitted as part of La Raza Unida Party Papers at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection.
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