With a new Doodle, Google commemorates boxer and activist Rodolfo ‘Corky’ Gonzales.


With a new Doodle, Google commemorates boxer and activist Rodolfo ‘Corky’ Gonzales.

A new Google Doodle honors Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales, a Chicano educator, boxer, poet, and activist from the United States.

On Google’s homepage, a slideshow of artwork depicts Gonzales as a boxing champion and subsequently as a leader of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement.

The slideshow incorporates lines from Gonzales’ 1967 poem Yo Soy Joaqun, which became a rallying cry for the Chicano cultural revolution. It was illustrated by Roxie Vizcarra, a guest artist from New York.

Gonzales was born in Denver in June 1928 and worked in sugar beet fields with his father, a first-generation Mexican immigrant. He graduated from high school at the age of 16, but due to the high cost of tuition, he dropped out of college.

Gonzales began his professional boxing career at the age of 19 in 1944, and he rose through the ranks to become one of the top three Featherweight fighters in the world. After promoters refused to let him compete for a championship, he left the sport and used his celebrity to speak out against racial and socioeconomic inequality.

In 1966, he created Crusade for Justice, a Chicano civil rights organization, and in 1969, he organized the first National Chicano Youth Liberation Conference.

On this day in 1970, Gonzales and his family founded the Escuela Tlatelolco Centro de Estudios, the first private school in the United States dedicated to Chicano and Mexican-American cultural studies.

A behind-the-scenes video of the Doodle’s creation was also shared by Google.

Gonzales died in April 2005 at the age of 76.

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