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March 17, 1970, Roosevelt High School (after Raul Ruiz)

In the 1960s, Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin led Teatro de los Niños workshops for Pasadena youth. The performances, combining pride in Mexican cultural heritage with activism, were presented in Pasadena and across the Southwest.

Stand up for yourself.
You are a writer.
What you write is important.
No. It’s not true that.
Dios da y quita.
Nobody can take
your words away.

Speak it from your pen.
From the flor en su corazón.
The flower’s scent
ribboning out from the bruised
pores of your heart.

Stand up,
Speak your truth.

--from “No One Can Take Your Words Away,” by Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin, Performance Artist, Author, MI AMOR, A Memoir, Chicana activist, Pomona Catholic High School Class of 1960

©2018 Deborah Aschheim. This project is made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division. Courtesy Raul Ruiz, La Raza Photographic collection, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center; Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin