From KTSM: UTEP exhibit chronicles Chicano Movement in El Paso

By on June 7, 2014

UTEP exhibit chronicles Chicano Movement in El Paso

“Viva La Causa” exhibit on display at UTEP’s Centennial Museum through August 2

By: Sandra Ramirez

A new exhibit at the Centennial Museum on the UTEP campus highlights the National Chicano Movement in El Paso.

The “Viva La Causa” exhibit is part of the University’s centennial celebration.

“La causa,” which is Spanish for “the cause,” was what high school and college students called the movement.

It was a push for educational equality for Mexican-American students in the 1960s and 1970s.

Debbie Torres was a Chicano activist in El Paso during the Chicano movement and said she was arrested for her participation.

Torres said the exhibit is important because it helps people understand what things were like then, compared to how they are now.

“What it was back then is that there was a significant segment of this city and of this university that were not really appropriately represented in terms of faculty, in terms of curriculum.”

Torres said the Chicano movement was a way for Mexican-American students to gain a presence and acknowledgement on campus.

The exhibit will be on display through August 2 at the Centennial Museum and Welcome Center at the corner of Wiggins Road and University Avenue on the UTEP campus.

The hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information, call 915-747-5565 or 915-747-6669.

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