October 1 (WNN) — Google is celebrating US Chicano teacher, boxer, poet and activist Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales with a new doodle.
Google’s homepage features a slideshow of artwork featuring Gonzales becoming champion in the boxing ring and later leader of the Chicano civil rights movement.
The slideshow was painted by New York-based guest artist Roxy Vizcarra and features lyrics from a 1967 poem by Gonzales yo soy joaquino Which became a rallying cry for the Chicano cultural movement.
Gonzales was Brawn in Denver in June 1928 and worked with his father, a first-generation Mexican immigrant, on the sugar beet fields. He graduated from high school at the age of 16, but later dropped out of college due to high tuition.
Gonzales became a pro boxer in 1944 at the age of 19 and was ranked as the top 3 featherweight boxer. He left the sport because promoters did not allow him to fight for the championship and used his fame to advocate against racial and socioeconomic injustices.
He founded the Chicano civil rights organization Crusade for Justice in 1966 and organized the first National Chicano Youth Liberation Conference in 1969.
Gonzales and his family opened Escuela Tlatelolco Centro de Estudios on this day in 1970, the first private school in American history with a focus on Chicano and Mexican-American cultural studies.
Google also released a behind the scenes video on how the doodle was made.
Gonzales died in April 2005 at the age of 76.