VFA PIONEER HISTORIES PROJECT: ELIZABETH MARTINEZadmin2021-10-14T14:02:30-04:00
THE VFA PIONEER HISTORIES PROJECT
Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez
December 12, 1925 – June 29, 2021
“The two causes, racism and feminism, cannot honestly be divided, although some would have it otherwise.” – Betita Martínez
Community organizer, author, and educator. Longtime activist in struggles for social justice. Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; the Chicano movimiento. Co-founder of the Institute for MultiRacial Justice. Candidate for Governor of California. She was nominated for a Nobel Peace prize in 2005 and her numerous awards for activism include the Ruben Salazar Award of Inner City Struggle, the Frida Kahlo Award from the Chicano/Latino Research Center at the University of California at Santa Cruz and the Charlotta Bass Award for Activist Journalism. Among her many books are Letters from Mississippi (1965), 500 Years of Chicano History (1975), De Colores Means All of Us (1998) and 500 Years of Chicana Women’s History (2008).
Photo 1. Leaflet, Elizabeth Martinez for Governor, 1982. Photo 2.500 Years of Chicana Women’s History by Elizabeth “Betita” Martínez.