May 29, 2009
On what would have been his 91st birthday, May 29, Bert Corona’s lifelong commitment to inspire Mexican Americans and Mexicans to become part of the American fabric will be commemorated with the dedication of a project that will immortalize his memory and his work. The Mexican American Political Association (MAPA) will announce that they, together with La Hermandad Latino-americano and the Long Beach League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) will establish the Bert Corona Commemorative Works Project. The first phase of this three phase project will be to raise $1,000,000 for a series of murals to be painted throughout cities in California.
Long a champion of civil rights, Bert Corona was among those who spearheaded the political struggle of Mexican Americans and Mexicans for cultural recognition and political and economic justice in the United States during the last century. It was the hard work and dedication of Mr. Corona and other dedicated men and women that would ultimately result in the election of representatives who speak and represent Mexican Americans and Mexicans in this country. Together they transformed the political landscape by their dedication and will to organize in the face of widespread racial discrimination and opposition, which resulted in the emergence of the Chicano Movement beginning in the 1960’s.
The project committee has commissioned Carlos Callejo, a distinguished artist to paint the first of the murals in East Los Angeles.
Phase two will be the recognition of other Mexican American and Mexican heroes whose struggle made it possible for the political victories of the current generation.
Phase three will be the construction of an art center in East Los Angeles.