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Harry Gamboa Jr.

Latino Heritage in Los Angeles: Harry Gamboa Jr.

09/03/2014

Wiebke Schuster

In 1968, Gamboa helped lead the “East L.A. Walkouts” (aka “Chicano Blowouts”) at Garfield Senior High School. Students walked to protest against the substandard treatment of East L.A. public schools and a disproportionate draft of Mexican-American youth to the Vietnam War.

Over time, Garfield High became a place of transformation. Many of the alumni emerged as social leaders, artists, actors and musicians. “People who would probably be considered predetermined to fail became super achievers.” The Grammy Award-winning band, Los Lobos came out of Garfield, and musicians from a neighboring high school formed Cannibal & the Headhunters and went on to tour with The Beatles.

“The social pressure and social heat you encounter has potential to destroy, but it also has the potential to create a diamond. So if one can approach it almost mathematically, you can create yourself in the image of a diamond, you will shine in the distance and can cut through anything. I am a very old diamond now." Gamboa shrugs and laughs.

Culver Hotel exterior at night

The Culver Hotel Celebrates 90th Anniversary

09/02/2014

Discover Los Angeles

The Culver Hotel once again shines as the jewel of downtown Culver City. New ownership and an extensive renovation have brought the landmark 46-room hotel into the modern era, and it’s ready to celebrate its 90th birthday in style.

L.A. River Boat Race

August 30: L.A. River Boat Race

08/21/2014

Discover Los Angeles

On Saturday, August 30, 2014, L.A. River Expeditions presents the inaugural L.A. River Boat Race, taking place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on a three-quarter mile stretch of the Glendale Narrows.

Exterior of the Museum of Latin American Art

Discover the Museum of Latin American Art

08/19/2014

Wiebke Schuster

The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) remains the only cultural institution in the country that is dedicated exclusively to presenting masterpieces by modern and contemporary Latin American artists.

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