Artists of Color and the Fight for Education

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CUNY Black and Latino
Black and Latino students and community members proudly march on City College demanding Open Admissions and Black, Women’s, and Asian Studies Departments 1969

In our first session at Interference Archives we didn’t touch upon artists of color in the fight against racism in our educational system. Here are some people and events to add to the 60s/70s timelines:

Chicano Blowout 1968 with Carlos Montes Brown Berets

An LAPD photo of Carlos Montes at Roosevelt High School in March 1968

Before forming ‪Asco‬, artist Harry Gamboa Jr. along with Carlos Montes of the ‎Brown Berets‬ and others helped launched the ‪LA‬ ‪‎Chicano‬ ‪‎Blowouts‬ at several high schools in Los Angeles 1968. Similarly on the east coast the Black and Puerto Rican students marched side-by-side to fight against racism in the NY City University system the following year 1969. In both cases changes in curriculum and admission policies were put in place.

CUNY Black and Latino

Black and Latino students and community members proudly march on City College demanding Open Admissions and Black, Women’s, and Asian Studies Departments 1969

And finally, let’s not forget the ‪‎United Black Artists‬ who protested ‎School of Visual Arts‬ in 1970 as well! Photo below by Jan Van Raay. More photos from this protest from Jan Van Raay on Flickr.

United Black Artists protest School of Visual Arts, New York., 1970.

United Black Artists protest School of Visual Arts, New York., 1970.