The East L.A. Walkouts at Lincoln High School

The largest movement of Chicano youth leaders in L.A.

Coatlicue's Legacy - EAST LA WALKOUTS

Source for above photo: Coatlicue's Legacy, Luis Genaro Garcia. Courtesy of Self Help Graphics & Art.

The East L.A. Walkouts at Lincoln High School 

The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County are proud to join the nationwide celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. Latinxs have transformed Los Angeles, creating symbols and spaces where their heritage continues to thrive.

The East Los Angeles Walkouts, or Chicano Blowouts, were a series of protests in 1968 led by students in East Los Angeles who spoke up against unequal conditions in Los Angeles Unified School District high schools.  Join Gallery Interpreter, Michelle Vanegas as she shares the story of what became the largest activist movement of Chicano youth in the history of Los Angeles—the East L.A. Walkouts. 


Michelle Vanegas Headshot

Michelle Vanegas (she/her) is a Gallery Interpreter at NHMLAC. A native Angeleno, Michelle studied geology at Pasadena City College before transferring to Cal State Los Angeles to earn a Bachelors of Science in Natural Science with a geology emphasis. She has a deep love of the natural world and science education has allowed her to share that love and appreciation for nature with others, which is one of the things she loves most about working at the Natural History Museum.

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