September 8, 2020
Lorena V. Márquez, author of La Gente: Struggles for Empowerment and Community Self-Determination in Sacramento, was recently interviewed about her upcoming book by Center for Sacramento History archivist William Villano.
In the interview, Márquez shares how the rise of the Chicana/o Movement in Sacramento brought everyday people together to seek lasting and transformative change during the 1960s and 1970s.
This important work shows that the Chicana/o Movement was not solely limited to a handful of organizations or charismatic leaders. Rather, it encouraged those that were the most marginalized—the working poor, immigrants and/or the undocumented, and the under-educated—to fight for their rights on the premise that they too were contributing and deserving members of society.