The East L.A. Walkouts
and the Power of Protest
La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Los Angeles, CA
June 15, 2018–February 25, 2019
Photos: Courtesy Emma Thorne-Christy
During one week in 1968, twenty thousand East Los Angeles high school students walked out of class. Protesting unequal conditions in their schools, they ignited a movement. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the East Los Angeles walkouts, ¡Ya Basta! brought the story of this important moment in the history of civil rights to a new generation of students. The exhibition examined the conditions in Southern California schools that led to widespread protests; the courageous actions taken by students, teachers, and community members despite backlash and repression; and the walkouts’ legacy of resistance—which persists today. Through historic photographs, memorabilia, protest art, music, film footage, and more, this interactive exhibit challenged visitors to stand up against injustice and create change.
Exhibit design: Emma Thorne-Christy.
Gallery and Promotional Graphics: Debi van Zyl