La Batalla (The Battle)


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Ellen Ochoa — the first hispanic woman in space, Ochoa served on 4 space shuttle missions. She also has strong San Diego connections, growing up in La Mesa, graduating from Grossmont High School in El Cajon, and receiving her B.A. a in physics from San Diego State University in 1980 (Her Master’s and Phd are from Stanford). Hector and his friends would be well aware of her accomplishments.

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Carlos Santana — I’m pretty sure you know who Santana is, but just in case, he’s a Mexican-American guitarist who became famous in the late 1960s via his eponymous band Santana. The band created a fusion of rock and Latin American music, featuring Carlos’ melodic, blues-based lead guitar set against Latin and African rhythms, including percussion instruments such as timbales and congas not previously used in rock music.

Photo of Sheila E playing timbalesImage based on photo by Elian Chrebor,
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Sheila E — Grammy nominated American singer, drummer, and percussionist whoe comes from a long line of musicians and drummers, including her father, Pete Escovedo. She has a San Diego connection as well. Javier Escovedo, her uncle, founded the seminal San Diego punk-rock band, The Zeros, who no doubt played some of the same bars as Rolly’s early band, The Creatures

Para la raza. Para el Chicano. — “For the race. For the Chicano.”



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