Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Corky Gonzales passes on...

Another email...
"DENVER - A Denver human rights activist and leader of the Chicano movement has died. Rudolpho "Corky" Gonzales died at home Tuesday night, surrounded by his family. He was 76.

Born in Denver in 1928 and a graduate of Manual High School, Gonzales literally fought his way out of poverty. He was a champion boxer, winning the national amateur athletic union bantamweight title in 1946.

Gonzales became determined to overcome the discrimination that was common during those times. He campaigned for John F. Kennedy in 1960 and later organized "Crusade for Justice," an organization that worked to break down social barriers and advance the rights of Latinos and indigenous peoples in the 60s and 70s.

In 1970, Gonzales founded the Escuela Tlatelolco, an alternative elementary and secondary school for Chicano students. His daughter Nita still runs the school.

Supporters credit Gonzales with paving the way for Denver's first Latino civic leaders.

Gonzales withdrew from public appearances after suffering a heart attack in 1978. He recently left the hospital, choosing to stop treatment for heart and kidney problems. Funeral services have not yet been announced.

You can read more about the remarkable life of Rudolpho "Corky" Gonzales in Wednesday's Denver Post."

c/o Daniel Escalante

"I woke up early and see the emails on Corky & Creeley. I am still processing Octavio's passing. I am still writing elegies in my head. The words are like leaves that won't stay put on the tree."

from "I Knew A Man" posted by Lorna Dee Cervantes on April 3, 2005 at 5:43 PM 


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