Rodolfo ‘Corky’ Gonzales was also an educator, boxer and poet who founded the nation’s first private school with a focus on Chicano and Mexican-American culture.
DENVER — An influential Denver-based leader in the Chicano civil rights movement is being honored with a Google Doodle through Friday.
Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales was also an educator, boxer and poet in addition to his activism.
In 1970, Gonzales and his family founded Escuela Tlatelolco Centro de Estudios, the first private school in United States history that focused on Chicano and Mexican-American cultural studies.
“Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales, my father brought the world to my family and our people,” said his son Rudy Gonzales, who is the executive director of Servicios de La Raza in Denver. “Thank you, Google, for bringing the world to him.”
Gonzales said he and his family were first approached about the project in 2018. That’s when he told his mom and Corky’s wife, Geraldine Gonzales, Google wanted to honor his dad.
“My mom she was that lioness…very protective of her beloved husband and her family and her first comments were ‘well,…