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Jesus Garza and Ann Marie Leimer Host Forum on the 70's Chicano Movement at San Jose's MLK Library

San Jose, CA, March 14, 2010 --( Artists and activists involved in the Chicano Movement in San José between 1970 and 1975 are encouraged to attend a forum at the Cultural Heritage Center in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library at San José State University on April 19, 2010 at 7PM. Professor Ann Marie Leimer will present photographs of El Movimiento captured by San José-born photographer Jesús Manuel Mena Garza.

The photographs document critical political and community events shaped by the San José Chicana and Chicano community. Dr. Leimer said, “Participants will have an opportunity to share their knowledge of the depicted events. Feedback is critical for the success of this forum.”

The University of Redlands professor added, “During the past decades, Garza has extensively published and exhibited several documentary photographic series. The Chicano Photographer series explores important aspects of the American experience, historic events and cultural practices often marginalized by the dominant culture.” Dr. Leimer is currently developing a book on the photographic series.

While a student at San José State University, Garza took photographs of national and local movement leaders and documented protests, marches, and community celebrations. The series can be viewed at Garza’s website, Twenty-six black and white images from the extensive collection have been exhibited previously on both coasts.

The Chicano Photographer Documentary Photography Series: The Chicano Movement in San José from 1970 to 1975

Date: April 19, 2010
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
San José State University
Cultural Heritage Center, Fifth Floor, Room 525
150 East San Fernando Street (Corner of Fourth Street)
San José, CA 95112
Contact: Ann Marie Leimer, Ph.D., (909) 557-7159,

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JMM Garza Photography
Jesus Manuel Mena Garza
(909) 557-7151
Ann Marie Leimer, Ph.D., (909) 748-8505,

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