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Rodolfo Gonzales

Boxer from United States of America

Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzáles (June 18, 1928 – April 12, 2005) was a Mexican American boxer, poet, and political activist. He convened the first-ever Chicano youth conference in March 1969, which was attended by many future Chicano activists and artists. The conference also promulgated the Plan Espiritual de Aztlán, a manifesto demanding self-determination for Chicanos. As an early figure of the movement for the equal rights of Mexican Americans, he is often considered one of the founders of the Chicano Movement. González was born the youngest of Federico and Indalesia González' eight children in Denver, Colorado. His father had immigrated to Colorado early in life from Chihuahua, but he retained the histories of Mexico's struggle against Spanish domination and against Porfirio Díaz, a struggle that culminated in the Mexican Revolution, both of which he imparted to his son. His mother died when he was two years old, and his father never remarried. He and his siblings were raised in Denver's tough "Eastside Barrio", where the Great Depression took an even heavier toll on Mexican Americans. However, according to Gonzales, "though the Depression was devastating to so many, we, as children,  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Known as
Rodolpho Gonzales
Date of birth
1928-06-18
Place of birth
Keenesburg
Nationality
United States of America
Profession
Writer

Education

Institution From To
University of Denver
Manual High School

Athlete facts

Sports
Boxing

Death

Date of death
2005-04-12
Cause of death
Renal failure
Place of death
Denver

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