University of Texas at San Antonio - Downtown Campus
Our Lady of the Lake University

November 20-22, 2019
The Chicano Movement In San Antonio

The Chicano Movement was more than just a civil rights movement. It was a movement for social change, equality and social justice that sought to eradicate racial discrimination and subordination of Mexican Americans on multiple fronts: cultural, economic, education and political in the five southwestern states of Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas and beyond.

In San Antonio the Chicano Movement inspired the formation of several community organizations that waged sustained struggle against the Establishment on these fronts for more than a decade. Their struggle transformed race and power relations in local institutions and politics that had persisted since the separation of Texas from Mexico. This website will collect and document the history of these organizations and the activists that formed them. (A partial listing of these organizations appears below.) In time the website will expand to include the history of the Chicano Movement in the State and beyond.

San Antonio Chicano Movement Organizations
1966 - 1980

Barrios Unidos, Bilingual Bicultural Coalition on Mass Media, Brown Berets, Cassiano Park Neighborhood Council, Federation for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (FAMA), IMAGE, Chicanas in Action (CIA), Columbia Heights Neighborhood Council, Committee for Barrio Betterment, Committee for Relevant and Alternative Education (CARE), Edgewood Concerned Parents Association, Mexican American Youth Organization (MAYO), Raza Unida Party, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project, and Teatro/Universidad de los Barrios.

Conference Sponsors and Contributors:

City of San Antonio

OLLU Center for Mexican American Studies and Research

UTSA Center for Policy Studies

UTSA Libraries

Alamo Colleges

University of Houston-Victoria

Greater Dallas Legal and Community Development Foundation

Dr. Juan Andrade, President, U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute, Chicago

Dr. Paul Ruiz, President, National Institute for Mexican American Civil Rights History, San Antonio

John R. Salazar, PC - Attorney at Law - Dallas, Texas