“THE SPIRIT OF CHICANO PARK / El spirítu del Parque Chicano” BY BEATRICE ZAMORA

Start Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021   |   Time: 6:30PM
Location Hosted on ZOOM.

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Chicano Park, in the Logan Heights/Barrio Logan neighborhood was created by the dedication and hard work of community members. It was named a San Diego Historical Society Landmark in 1980, was designated a National Landmark by the Department of Interior in 2016, and is famous worldwide for its works of internationally acclaimed muralists.

Chicano Park arose out of the strength of a community seeking survival. Beatrice Zamora will present the rich and dynamic history of this neighborhood, its champions, and its world-famous landmark, located in a most unusual place — under a bridge. Zamora will draw from her historical-fiction children’s book The Spirit of Chicano Park/El espíritu del Parque Chicano, which tells the story through the eyes of Bettie and Bonky, young sister and brother who have recently moved to Barrio Logan, as they discover the massive murals and other artwork and the one-of-a-kind Kiosco stage, where traditional dancing and other celebrations begin. A kind grandmotherly spirit reveals the community’s history that led to the founding of the Park.

The award-winning bilingual book, illustrated by San Diego artist Maira Meza, was published in April, 2020, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Park’s founding: In 1970 a group of residents of Logan Heights/Barrio Logan occupied a small piece of land within their community and spoke up about the park that had been promised to the community years before to ameliorate the damage done by eminent domain. Soon the residents brought picks, shovels and greenery, and began to build what became an internationally acclaimed park.

Zamora is a member of the Chicano Park Steering Committee, which supports the Park and the new Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center. A retired educator, she is a co-founder of Tolteca Press.

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