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Chicano Heritage Front and Center

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

University of San Diego’s professor of Ethnic Studies, Alberto Lopez Pulido, PhD, will air his documentary “Everything Comes from the Streets” Tuesday, September 2, at 8 p.m. on KPBS. Dr. Pulido’s documentary premiered on campus in April 2013.

“Everything Comes from the Streets” establishes an alternative viewpoint of the Historical California Lowrider Scene traditionally dominated by Los Angeles imagery. The documentary highlights the influence of the Jacket Clubs & Car Customizers of the 1950s, The US-Mexico Border, Women, and the Chicano movement in San Diego that led to the establishment of Chicano Park in 1970. All of these aspects meld together in what has become San Diego’s unique Chicano heritage.

“I took on this project because it is an extension of the work I do that underscores and values the importance of communities and the stories they wish to share,” said Pulido. “It is truly an honor to tell the stories of people who — for us in ethnic studies — represent stories that are usually not told in our history and legacies that represents a people. It is both an honor and a great responsibility that, by people sharing their stories, they in fact trust you with their histories and, in essence, their lives.”

Additionally, Dr. Pulido will be presented with USD’s 2014 Innovation in Community Engagement Award on Wednesday, September 17, at 4:30 p.m. at the Bread & Salt Building in Logan Heights. All are welcome to attend and support Dr. Pulido and USD’s new co-located community space in the heart of Logan Heights.

– Melissa Wagoner Olesen
Photo by Kelly Whalen

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