Chicano Student Movement button
Pinback button with text, "CHICANO STUDENT MOVEMENT" in black text on neon orange background.
Donated to History Colorado by Emanuel Martinez.
Born in Denver, Colorado in 1947, Emanuel began his career as an artist at the age of thirteen, when he painted his first mural. He began his activism at the age of 15 joining the Los Voluntarios in East Denver and later was a founding member of the Crusade for Justice (R.117.2021.1), with his wife Soledad Trejo Martinez. Emanuel and Soledad left the Crusade for Justice in early 1970, but continued their organizing and activism in the La Alma neighborhood where they resided until 1973. During their activism, they collected many posters, buttons, and stickers. Emanuel Martinez worked and created art for distinct Movements during the Civil Rights Movement in California (Cesar Chavez), New Mexico (Reyes Lopez Tijerina-the Land Rights-Movement), and Colorado (Crusade for Justice and the La Alma Neighborhood movement) from 1966-1976. The Tierra O Muerte original silkscreen was created for the Land Rights Movement in New Mexico in 1967. Given the limited resources during the Movement, the images were transferred on manila folders to post on fence posts throughout Northern New Mexico. One of these silkscreen images is part of the permanent collection in the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art in Washington D.C. and the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City. His art education includes workshops with world renowned artists and sculptors including David A. Siquieros and Francisco Zuniga.
Printed on front: CHICANO / STUDENT / MOVEMENT
Printed on front: [International Printing Pressmen & Assistants logo]
Handwritten inscription, back: E. / Martinez