Carlos Muñoz Jr. spoke about Latinos in America at Goshen College on Sept. 28

Carlos Muñoz Jr., one of this country's most distinguished Latino scholars spoke about “Latinos and Multicultural Democracy in the USA” on Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Music Center's Rieth Recital Hall. He discussed Latino identity in the United States and the lost voice of Chicanos during the civil rights movement.

Born in the “segundo barrio” in El Paso, Texas, and raised in the barrios of East Los Angeles, Calif., Muñoz is the son of poor working class Mexican immigrants. He is a professor emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley, where he taught in the ethnic studies department and affiliated with the university's center for Latin American studies and peace and conflict studies program. After 36 years in higher education, he has gained international prominence as political scientist, historian, journalist and public intellectual

Muñoz played a prominent leadership role as a founder of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement.Since then he has served as a leading organizer of various multiracial -coalitions, including the Faculty for Human Ri-ghts in Central America, Faculty Against Apartheid in South Africa and The Rainbow Coalition. He is a co-founder of the Institute for Multiracial Justice and Latinos Unidos, a grassroots community organization in Berkeley, Calif.

Muñoz has authored a number of pioneering works on the Mexican American political experience and on African American and Latino political coalitions. His book “Youth, Identity, Power: The Chicano Movement”won the Gustavus Myers Book Award for “outstanding scholarship in the study of human rights in the Untied States.” The book was a major resource for the 1996 PBS television series “Chicano!: History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement,” which Muñoz was the senior consultant for the project.

In 1996, Muñoz received the University of Michigan's “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Cesar Chavez and Rosa Parks Award.” In 1999, he recei-ved the Scholar of the Year Award from the National Association of Chicana & Chicano Studies. In 2001, the American Political Science Association honored Muñoz for his seminal scholarly contributions to the study of Mexican American and Latino politics.

Muñoz, answered to numerous questions and comments after his conference.