Oral history interview, Augustine E. Cordova, 2013 (video and transcript)
Boulder County Latino History Project, Maria Rogers Oral History Program, and Carnegie Branch Library for Local History, Boulder Public Library. Click on the above link to access complete bibliographic information.
Augustine Cordova is retired as a software engineer at IBM and is also a musician. His family, on both sides, is from New Mexico, but his parents moved to the San Luis Valley in Colorado, where he grew up. He describes the sense of community there, and his respect for his father, who was ready to help anyone. Agustin attended the University of Colorado at Boulder in the 1970s. Among the student movements in which he took part were the Coors boycott, the grape boycott, and the Safeway boycott. He talks about his participation in street theater and musical groups to publicize Chicano issues and describes a song he wrote while a student called “Yo Soy Chicano.” Later, he describes what happened with the bombing of “Los Seis de Boulder.” He recites a song that he wrote about Los Seis de Boulder. He discusses the positive strides made by Latino students who attended CU in the 1970s, Latino presence and culture in Boulder County, the long-term contributions of the Chicano movement of the 1970s, and encourages the younger generation to “pick up the baton” of cementing and continuing gains made by his generation.
San Luis Valley; Boulder; New Mexico
People Shown or Mentioned:
Augustine E. Cordova; Neva Romero; Joe Garcia, Lt. Governor; Joseph Coors; Richard Garcia
Location of Original:
Carnegie Branch Library for Local History, Boulder