Just in from Gabriel San Roman who writes for the OC Weekly:
The Chicano community lost a historic figure in the struggle for education rights today as Sal Castro died this morning at the age of 79. According to family, he perished of natural causes and funeral arrangements are pending. Castro spent the greater part of his life courageously fighting to improve the savage inequalities for Mexican-American students in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) school system.
He is perhaps best known for his role in the ‘walkouts’ of five East Los Angeles public schools forty-five years ago in March 1968. The seminal moment in the history of the Chicano Movement was made into an HBO film in 2006 and the role of Castro was played by Michael Peña.