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Narrated Photo Essay: Maria Marquez Sanchez on the Two Sides of Her Activism

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Artbound "La Raza" is a KCETLink production in association with the Autry Museum of the American West and UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.

 

In the 1960s and 70s, a group of young idealists-activists came together to work on a community newspaper called La Raza that became the voice for the Chicano Movement. With only the barest resources, but a generous amount of dedication, these young men and women changed their world and produced an archive of over 25,000 photographs. Hear their thoughts on the times and its relevance today, while perusing through some photographs not seen in public for decades in this series of narrated slideshows

Click right or left to look through the images from the 1960s and 70s. Hit the play button on the bottom right corner to listen to the audio.

CSRC_LaRaza_B5F7C1_Staff_008 Maria Marquez Sanchez taking photos on top of a traffic light post at an anti-Vietnam War demonstration | La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Maria Marquez Sanchez taking photos on top of a traffic light post at an anti-Vietnam War demonstration | La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
CSRC_LaRaza_B5F7C1_Staff_009 Protesters marching down Wilshire Boulevard at an anti-Vietnam War demonstration | La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Protesters marching down Wilshire Boulevard at an anti-Vietnam War demonstration | La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
CSRC_LaRaza_B11F14C2_MM_013 People attend government-sponsored demonstration for workers in support of President Luis Echeverria in Mexico City | Maria Marquez Sanchez, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
People attend government-sponsored demonstration for workers in support of President Luis Echeverria in Mexico City | Maria Marquez Sanchez, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
CSRC_LaRaza_B11F14C3_MM_003 Man and woman at a government-sponsored demonstration for workers in support of President Luis Echeverria in Mexico City | Maria Marquez Sanchez, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Man and woman at a government-sponsored demonstration for workers in support of President Luis Echeverria in Mexico City | Maria Marquez Sanchez, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
CSRC_LaRaza_B11F14C3_MM_006 People attend government-sponsored demonstration for workers in support of President Luis Echeverria in Mexico City | Maria Marquez Sanchez, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
People attend government-sponsored demonstration for workers in support of President Luis Echeverria in Mexico City | Maria Marquez Sanchez, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
CSRC_LaRaza_B11F14C3_MM_017 People attend government-sponsored demonstration for workers in support of President Luis Echeverria in Mexico City | Maria Marquez Sanchez, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
People attend government-sponsored demonstration for workers in support of President Luis Echeverria in Mexico City | Maria Marquez Sanchez, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
CSRC_LaRaza_B12F4C2_MM_005 Brown Berets on Catalina Island during the Marcha de Reconquista | Maria Marquez Sanchez, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Brown Berets on Catalina Island during the Marcha de Reconquista | Maria Marquez Sanchez, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
CSRC_LaRaza_B12F4C2_MM_022 Brown Berets on Catalina Island during the Marcha de Reconquista | Maria Marquez Sanchez, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Brown Berets on Catalina Island during the Marcha de Reconquista | Maria Marquez Sanchez, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
CSRC_LaRaza_B12F4C3_MM_012 Brown Berets on Catalina Island during the Marcha de Reconquista | Maria Marquez Sanchez, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Brown Berets on Catalina Island during the Marcha de Reconquista | Maria Marquez Sanchez, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
CSRC_LaRaza_B15F10C1_Staff_004 Protesters at Franklin D. Roosevelt Park rally | Maria Marquez Sanchez, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Protesters at Franklin D. Roosevelt Park rally | Maria Marquez Sanchez, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
CSRC_LaRaza_B15F10C1_Staff_025 Protesters at Franklin D. Roosevelt Park rally | Maria Marquez Sanchez, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Protesters at Franklin D. Roosevelt Park rally | Maria Marquez Sanchez, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
CSRC_LaRaza_B15F14C1_Staff_006 Protesters demonstrate against President Richard Nixon in the "Dump Nixon" march from Echo Park to MacArthur Park | Maria Marquez Sanchez, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Protesters demonstrate against President Richard Nixon in the "Dump Nixon" march from Echo Park to MacArthur Park | Maria Marquez Sanchez, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center

Maria Marquez Sanchez

It was kind of a conflict for me because I wanted to be part of the demonstration. I wanted to be in the demonstration. I wanted to be demonstrating with everyone else, with the collective energy, all of us wanting a change. I loved being with everyone marching. ¡Que viva, la raza! ¡Que viva, la causa! ¡Que viva, la familia. ¡Que viva! I really wanted to be part of it, but I also enjoyed taking the pictures as well.

Learn more about the group of young activists that became the voice for the movimiento on "Artbound" S9 E2: La Raza. Watch now.

Top Image: A photographer, possibly Maria Marquez Sanchez | La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center

Audio mix by: Michael Naeimollah

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