Interview with Luis Garden Acosta on May 15, 2015, Segment 12

CENTRO: 100 Puerto Ricans Oral History Project, 2013-

This portion of the segment is about the creation of El Puente Academy and the struggle for community control of schools. Luis Garden Acosta talks about learning from the "University of the Streets" movement. He describes El Puente having a militant approach to education reform. Frances Lucerna is credited with the creation of the Academy. She put together a development team to create the school. Luis Garden Acosta also discusses the longest boycott in Brooklyn's History, which lasted 30 days. He and others in the community organized the boycott; students were not in attendance in school during the boycott. The demand was for the school to remove a wall that segregated incoming female students from the 776 mostly Puerto Rican and Black students in the school. Nydia Velasquez was part of this movement, as was Dr. Luis Reyes. Five thousand supporters marched in solidarity with the protesting students, parents and community members.


Date
May 15, 2015, Recording date
Creator
Luis Garden Acosta
Interviewee
Luis Garden Acosta
Interviewer
Gisely Colon Lopez
Duration
2h 3m 46.0s
Location of interview

El Puente, 211 S 4th street, Brooklyn, NY

Language
English
Object Type
Moving Image
Identifier
LGA.2015.05.15.12
Related Keywords
Activism, Community, Community leaders, Education, Latino justice, Protests, Public schools
Individuals or Organizations Mentioned
Nydia Velázquez, Luis O. Reyes, George B. Leonard, El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice
Related Places
Brooklyn (interview location), Williamsburg (is referenced), Fort Greene (is referenced), Lower East Side (is referenced)
Citation
CENTRO: 100 Puerto Ricans Oral History Project, 2013-. Interview with Luis Garden Acosta on May 15, 2015, Segment 12: LGA.2015.05.15.12. Center for Puerto Rican Studies Library & Archives, Hunter College, CUNY. Web. 18 Oct 2019.
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Repository
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