When you think of the cities at the center of the Civil Rights Movement, Denver isn’t exactly one that comes to mind.
When you think of the cities at the center of the Civil Rights Movement, Denver isn’t exactly one that comes to mind. The El Movimiento exhibit at the History Colorado Center reminds us of the important role that Colorado played during the Chicano Rights Movement.
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Chicano activists fought to secure their rights and battle against discrimination. In cities across the United States, protests and boycotts were held. Activists called for safer working conditions, better education, and most importantly, equality. Colorado quickly became an important center of the nationwide Chicano Movement.
El Movimiento chronicles this time period in Colorado history. The exhibit is divided into six sections that highlight the different parts of the Chicano Movement in Colorado. The sections detail the fight that took place over land in rural communities, as well as the crusade for justice that took place in the cities. There are also sections devoted to the Vietnam War protests and the student movements that occurred. The last section in the exhibit is all about the legacy of El Movimiento. A common theme found throughout the exhibit is, “El Movimiento forced change, and the struggle continues.” In the legacy section, there are panels that describe the many changes that were brought about by the movement and the lasting effect the movement has still today.
The exhibit uses pictures and stories from activists who took part in the movement to give patrons a firsthand look at what took place. Although there is nothing very interactive inside El Movimiento, the exhibit is still very engaging. Many people will be surprised to find out just how big of a role Colorado played in this vital civil rights movement.
El Movimiento is a must see for everyone and will be on site at the History Colorado Center through October.