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There was a walkout in Crystal City. It was led by Diana Palaciosand Severita Lara. The walkout was about discrimination in the schools.It led to the founding of the Raza Unida Party.

Death of former resident, Tomas Rivera
Crystal City is the hometown of Chicano (Mexican-American) author and educator Tomas Rivera. He wrote "And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him," a book with fictional stories about a young Hispanic migrant farmworker boy during the 1940s/1950s. PBS aired a television movie based on Tomas Rivera's stories. He also served as Chancellor at the University of California at Riverside, where the college library is named after him. Mr. Rivera died in 1984 at a young age.

1970'sCrystal City is also home to Jose Angel Gutierrez, founder of the La Raza Unida Political Party, which reached its heyday in the 1970s. He holds a doctorate in political science and is a successful attorney in Dallas, Texas. In recent years, he was a candidate for the U.S. Senate. His new book "The Making of a Militant" will be released shortly.

This page is for perpetual written accounts of historical events that have occurred in the city. Anyone who feels they have pertinent information may submit it. This includes all people in or out of Crystal City and could involve any interested adults or children with events or items that are of interest. Items may be submitted for publication on this page where they will remain as part of a historical archive for the city. Items of interest may include noteworthy events, special events of historical importance, information about area growth that pertains to the history of the city, and other pertinent notes. We hope to establish a large data base of information about the history of each city. Historical Societies are encouraged to open their own page on Key to the City for more extensive historical information.

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