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Uvalde school shooting

Before the school shooting, Uvalde was known for a 1970 Hispanic student walkout. Its aging participants fear its spirit and memory are fading.

When a popular Hispanic teacher didn’t get his contract renewed at Robb Elementary School in 1970, hundreds of students decided to boycott school for weeks in what they called a stand against pervasive discrimination.

Rebecca Ciprian-Moreno, a retired Spanish teacher who took part in the 1970 Uvalde school boycott, holds a school yearbook from the 1970s outside the home where she was born in Uvalde.

Punishment for speaking Spanish

School board ignored demands

Civil rights activist Genoveva Morales in her home in Uvalde on June 9, 2022.
Morales Junior High School, named after local civil rights activist Genoveva Morales, in Uvalde on June 9, 2022.
Sergio Porras speaks outside a friend's home in Uvalde, on June 8, 2022. Porras helped organize and led a historic six-week school walkout for the Chicano Movement in the 1970s.

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