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Chicanos Remember The Abilene Walkout

On Saturday, activists marched to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 school walkouts in Abilene, Texas.

In total, about 300 students—mostly Mexican Americans—participated in the original march. Among the issues in which students expressed concern: The ability to speak Spanish at school without fear of suspension, and the equal opportunity to participate in sports.

The original protest lasted eight days, but the impact it had on Texas and the Chicano Civil Rights Movement still continues today.

Below are some of the iconic pictures from the walkout.


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Brandon Loran Maxwell

Brandon Loran Maxwell is a writer, speaker, prize winning essayist, film director, and entrepreneur. His writings have been cited at the U.S. Supreme Court, The Los Angeles Times, Vox, NPR, and The Washington Post. In addition, his writings have been published at The Hill, Salon, Townhall, The Washington Examiner, The Oregonian, and the Foundation For Economic Education, among others. He regularly speaks on various social topics. His personal essay "Notes From An American Prisoner" was awarded a Writer's Digest prize in 2014. He holds a B.S. in political science, and writes about politics and culture.

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