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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Altadena Public Library Continues Award-Winning PBS Documentary Series ‘Latino Americans: 500 Years of History’ Grant with Screening of Episode 5: “Prejudice and Pride (1965-1980)” with Daniel Castro

Saturday, February 20th at 2:00 p.m. in the Barbara J. Pearson Community Room of the Main library, the Altadena Library District will continue its Latino American Grant award programming with “Prejudice and Pride (1965-1980)”, Episode V of a six-part, NEH-supported documentary film, “Latino Americans: 500 years of History.” Created for PBS in 2013 by the WETA public television station, the award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day.

With special guest Dr. Daniel “Sancho” Castro. Daniel A. Dr. Castro is an educator who has served as college president/superintendent at both Riverside City College, and Los Angeles Trade Technical College. His community college experience also includes service as Vice President of Academic Affairs, Associate Dean of Student Activities, instructor of Sociology and Chicano Studies at various Community Colleges around Los Angeles. Dr. Castro served as senior legislative consultant to the California State Legislature as district manager for the 32nd Congressional District. He also ran for the State Assembly, played an active role in many local campaigns and elections and has been honored and recognized by a host of political leaders for his service to the community. For 16 years, he produced, and was the voice behind, The Sancho Show on public radio. His show stressed the importance of education to the Chicano community. He also produced the Chicano Music Awards, which raised funds to keep young people in higher education. He was significantly involved in the Chicano student movement as well as in the community during this vital time in Chicano American history.

Episode V: “Prejudice and Pride (1965-1980)”: In the 1960s and 1970s a generation of Mexican Americans, frustrated by persistent discrimination and poverty, find a new way forward, through social action and the building of a new “Chicano” identity. The movement is ignited when farm workers in the fields of California, led by César Chavez and Dolores Huerta, march on Sacramento for equal pay and humane working conditions.

Latino Americans is a part of an ongoing series of Latino-American library programming. Latino Americans: 500 Years of History has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. The Altadena Library is located at 600 East Mariposa Street, Altadena. For more information please call (626) 798-0833. For a schedule of events, visit the library on the web at


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