“La Tierra Mia”: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of Chicano Park

During the Spring quarter of 2020, I taught a special topics course for UCSD Latin American Studies about the 50th anniversary of San Diego’s Chicano Park. The class was going to be convened in the Park, at the base of the new mural dedicated to the memory of Anastasio Hernández Rojas. Our class meetings would culminate with the actual 50th Anniversary Commemoration, scheduled for April 25, 2020. The course was organized with the approval and active support of the Chicano Park Steering Committee (CPSC), as well as the muralists Victor Ochoa and Mario Chacon.

As a consequence of the pandemic, these plans were abruptly changed, and the course was conducted remotely. I lieu of in-person discussions that would focus on the significance of this special place, I organized a series of panel discussions featuring key figures in the history and ongoing defense of Chicano Park. This is a series of short videos I developed from these discussions and other course-related activities. <https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHQcRigcqcKwLGiH8a_IYZTfQizneUlXd>