City of Los Angeles Should Declare January 28th “Day of Professor Juan Gómez-Quiñones"

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We, the undersigned, strongly petition the City of Los Angeles to declare January 28th “Día del Profesor Juan Gómez-Quiñones / Day of Professor Juan Gómez-Quiñones.”
 
On Tuesday, November 11, 2020, Professor Juan Gómez-Quiñones passed away. For about 50 years, Prof. Gómez-Quiñones, as a distinguished historian, taught at UCLA, where he also earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. Born in Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico, on January 28, 1940, he was raised in Boyle Heights, where he first entered UCLA as an undergrad in the late 1950s—an unheard act at the time for a working-class, Mexican American youth.
 
As a world-class scholar, activist and poet, Prof. Gómez-Quiñones published foundational texts on Chicana/o history, culture, labor and politics. He also taught/mentored countless students and current/future leaders in various fields (e.g., education, politics, community organizing, art, labor, law, etc.) in Los Angeles and beyond. Moreover, he played a key role in the Chicana/o movement from the 1960s to present times. Additionally, he wrote poetry, illustrating the beatify of his people on both sides of la frontera.
 
To justify this honorable recognition, it behooves the City of Los Angeles to take into consideration some of Prof. Gómez-Quiñones’ accomplishments and contributions to the nation’s largest city in particular and the nation in general.
 
·     Pioneer of Chicana/o history
·     Theoretical leader of Chicana and Chicano studies
·     Lead author of El Plan Espiritual de Aztlán (1968)
·     Lead author El Plan de Santa Barbara... (1969)
·     Co-organizer of the Chicano Council of Higher Ed 
·     Co-founder of UCLA’s Chicano Studies Research Center 
·     Co-founder of Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies
·     Chairman of the E.L.A. Poor People’s March Contingent
·     Board Member of Trustees of the California State Colleges
·     Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Urban Coalition
·     Board Member of MALDEF
·     NACCS Scholar Recipient (1990)
·     Commissioner of El Pueblo de L.A. Historical Monument
·     Co-founder of the Anahuacalmecac Intl. University Prep...
 
While there’s much more to report/document based on Prof. Juan Gómez-Quiñones’ groundbreaking accomplishments as a native son of Boyle Heights, for the sake of brevity, the aforementioned list provides the City of Los Angeles with ample evidence to officially recognize a day to one of the greatest intellectuals of modern time.

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