A special ceremony will be held Friday Aug. 29 in East Los Angeles to honor slain journalist Ruben Salazar, whose “life and death have became emblematic of the Chicano Rights movement of the 1970s, according to Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina.
Aug. 29 marks the 44th anniversary of the Chicano Moratorium. Salazar, a KMEX and L.A. Times journalist, was shot and killed at age 42 while covering the anti-war protest.
The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at Salazar Park in unincorporated East Los Angeles. Molina and the Department of Parks and Recreation will unveil a plaque that will detail Salazar’s legacy and stand as a lasting tribute at the popular community gathering place that has borne his name since it was renamed for Salazar in 1970.
“Ruben Salazar was a gifted chronicler and advocate who dedicated his talents to sharing with the world what it meant to be Mexican-American in a transformative time and place,” said Molina in a written statement. “His contributions made him an icon in the community — and although his life was cut tragically short, his legacy lives on in the people influenced, inspired and touched by his work.”
Immediately following the ceremony, the award-winning documentary “Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle” will be shown inside the gymnasium at the park, located at 3864 Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90023. First aired on PBS in April, Phillip Rodriguez’s film chronicles Salazar’s eventful life and landmark career, then examines the mysterious circumstances surrounding his killing.
“Ruben Salazar Park holds a special place in the heart of the communities it serves, and a big part of that is the man for whom it is named,” said Department of Parks and Recreation Director Russ Guiney. “We are honored by this opportunity to pay tribute to him, as well as raise new awareness about the history he documented, participated in and helped create.”
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