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By Jesus Salvador Trevino

Famous filmmaker Jesus Salvador Trevino participated in and documented an important occasions within the Mexican-American Civil Rights flow of the overdue Nineteen Sixties and early Nineteen Seventies. Coming of age through the turmoil of the sixties, Trevino recorded the struggles to prepare scholars and staff into the most important social and political circulation within the historical past of Latino groups within the usa.

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There were committed Mexican-American high school teachers like Sal Castro, Federico Sánchez, and Frank Cruz, university instructor Rodolfo Acuña, and labor activist Esteban Torres. There were outspoken parents like Julia and George Mount, Ben Carmona, Ben and Kay Gurulé, Sara and Tom McPherson, and Eva Romero. The high school walkout leaders were there as well: Freddy Reséndez, Paula Crisóstomo, and Margarita Cuarón. University leaders also attended: María Baeza, Pat Borjón, Phil Castruíta, Moctesuma Esparza, Raquel Galán, Henry Gutiérrez, Carlos Muñoz, Monty Pérez, Susan Racho, Raúl Ruiz, and Juan Gómez-Quiñonez.

Needless to say, the identity I had adopted was rife with contradictions. While Mexican Americans made up more than 75 percent of the student body at Woodrow Wilson High School, at Occidental College I was only one of a handful of Mexican-American students. Of the four hundred members of the Oxy class of ‘68, only a half dozen of us were Mexican Americans. I tried to adapt to the new college experience in my freshman year, but instead found only estrangement and confusion. After my freshman year, I began a different kind of quest that remained unfulfilled until the walkouts.

Naturally, to be intellectually honest and thorough, it had to begin with the very basic assumption of them all: my own existence. For three weeks, I wrestled with the question of whether or not I existed at all! I reviewed variant notions of solipsism (the belief that one is the center of the universe) and examined at length the possibility that the world, as I knew it, did not exist. What if the universe was a fiction of my mind? I examined other possibilities: Was I the figment of someone else’s imaginings?

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