Rodolfo Francisco Acuna

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Birthday
18, 1932
Birthplace
California
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
18, 1932 (age 87)
Birthplace
California

About

The author of Occupied America: A History of Chicanos, he also wrote for the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Herald-Express, and La Opinion. He received numerous honors, including the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies' Distinguished Scholar Award.

Before Fame

He devoted himself to a career as a historian after a bigoted academic counselor told him not to study history because "Mexicans do not have a history." He eventually established the Chicano and Chicana Studies Department at California State University-Northridge.

Trivia

He was a noteworthy activist in the Chicano Movement.

Family Life

He was born in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. He married Guadalupe Compean.

Associated With

His popular lecture, Is Antonio Banderas Latino?, focused on the social and economic components of the Latino identity.