Tag Archives: protesting

The Avena-Wilson Collection, no. 7 – Senators Yarborough and Mondale, Cesar Chavez (1969)

This home movie captures scenes of United States Senators Ralph Yarborough and Walter Mondale conducting a senate committee hearing in Edinburg, Texas, followed by scenes of labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez. On November 24, 1969, after touring migrant labor camps throughout the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Senators Yarborough and Mondale held a

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Yousefi Family Collection, no. 5 – The Day the Shah Ran Away (1979)

This home movie captures scenes of Plano’s Yousefi family on January 16, 1979 driving through the streets of Tehran, Iran on the day the Shah was exiled. People line the streets, gathering with great joy, and march together holding signs supporting revolutionary leader Ruhollah Khomeini. The Iranian Revolution culminated on this day with the overthrow

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The Jon Montgomery Collection, no. 11 – Protest Against KKK at State Capitol (1983)

This home movie captures scenes of February 19, 1983, when the Ku Klux Klan marched to the Texas State Capitol Building in Austin. After the Austin City Council made the controversial decision giving the KKK permission to march in downtown Austin, concerned citizens responded with a peaceful march against the Klan. Seen in this film

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The Avena-Wilson Collection, no. 8 – MAYO in Del Rio (1969)

This home movie captures scenes of a rally and protest organized by the Mexican American Youth Organization (MAYO) in Del Rio, Texas in March of 1969. This event, attended by approximately 3,000 residents of South Texas, occurred in reaction to Governor Preston Smith shutting down the Val Verde County arm of Volunteers in Service to

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The Jon Montgomery Collection, no. 10 – Peace gathering for Iran-Iraq War (1982)

This home movie captures scenes of a peace gathering held in 1982 at Austin’s Wooldridge Square Park in response the Iran-Iraq War. After remaining uninvolved during the first two years of the war, in 1982, President Reagan took Iraq off the list of countries “supporting terrorismâ€ and began to sell them weapons. The protesters in

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The Jon Montgomery Collection, no. 13 – Austin Memorial and March for Martin Luther King, Jr. (1968)

This home movie captures scenes of a memorial service and march held in Austin upon the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in April of 1968. Hundreds gather for the service on the University of Texas campus, where community leaders speak. The entire congregation then marches down Guadalupe Street to the Texas State Capitol in

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The Avena-Wilson Collection, no. 14 – School Walkout in Kingsville (c.1969)

This home movie captures scenes of a Chicano protest rally in Kingsville, likely a student walkout held in 1969, followed by scenes of Rebecca Avena learning to swim. UFW and La Raza flags hang around a makeshift stage where speakers, including MAYO founder José Angel Gutiérrez and San Antonio Judge Albert A. Peña, are seen

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