Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales
Colorado native and Chican@ Rights Activist, Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales lived his life promoting equal rights for Chican@ students throughout Colorado. Born June 18, 1928 in Denver, Gonzales received his education in a time when schools were segregated and Mexican – American students were punished for speaking Spanish in classrooms. In 1969, he hosted the First National Chicano Liberation Youth Conference and penned the poem, “Yo Soy Joaquin”. This poem has become a fundamental piece in the Chicano@ literature and in demonstration of Chican@ identity. He founded a Crusade for Justice, the Ballet Chicano de Atzlán, and the Escuela Tlatelolco for underrepresened youth in the state.
Portrait of Rodolpho "Corky" Gonzales, political activist and founder of the Crusade for Justice. Mr. Gonzales has a moustache and curly hair, and he rests his chin on his hand.Dick Davis
Autographed Photo of Rodolfo "Corky" GonzalesDPL Genealogy
Image Source (Top): Dick Davis - Denver Public Library Digital Collections - 1970s