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César A. Cruz, Author and Activist, on Campus Thursday

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Author and Human Rights Activist César A. Cruz

Thursday March 28th, 2013


Cunningham Memorial Chapel

César A. Cruz is a renowned poet, author, educator and human rights freedom fighter. Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco México and raised by his grandparents in a small village two hours south of the big city, he migrated to the states at age 12 and was reunited with his

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mother in South Central Los Angeles (Compton).Mr. Cruz received his education from his grandfather, grandmother, the streets of Compton, South Central and Cudahy, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in History at the University of California at Berkeley. He is currently the co-founder of the youth development group Homies Empowerment Program in East Oakland, CA, where he teaches Raza History at three high schoo

ls and hosts a weekly homies dinner for youth in the neighborhood. He is also the author of two books, “Revenge of the Illegal Alien,” and “Norte/Sur: Bang for Freedom”. From marching 76 straight miles to hunger striking for 26 days, Mr. Cruz has dedicated his life to fighting injustice. His relentless drive and passion have touched the lives of many, and his writings have received praise from activists and scholars throughout the world. Author Rodolfo Acuña sees César as “one of the new martyrs of our people.” Acclaimed author and activist Luis Rodriguez depicts César’s writings as filled with “fierce insight and righteous rage.”

Sponsored by the Diversity Council and Latinos Unidos

Thanks to Faculty member Natashia Lopez-Gomez for the announcement and for these photos

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