One of the largest and most violent student protests in Colorado history broke out on March 20, 1969 when over a hundred Chicano and Chicana students at Denver’s West High School walked out of their classes to protest racism in their school.
The students, along with support from Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales and other members of Denver’s Crusade for Justice, organized the walkout. The students demanded more bilingual classes, Chicano history and literature to be a part of the curriculum, the firing of a faculty member, as well as a call for teachers to stop advising students to join the military while war raged in Vietnam.
On the morning of March 20, students began leaving classes in small groups. Continue reading at History Colorado.
In La Voz Bilingue, journalist James Mejia notes that the students, of all ages, were met by police armed with gas masks, billy clubs, tear gas canisters, and helicopters.
Here is a lesson on the 1968 walkouts (also called blowouts) in Los Angeles. Find related sources below.