By Louis Sahagun – LATimes.com – Photo: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA; Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times.
Photos: David Sanchez, founder of the Brown Berets, in 1968 and today. In the older photo, he is second from left. In the newer one, he is seated at Tamayo Restaurant, in a building that used to house the La Piranya Coffee Shop, where the Brown Berets used to gather.
It was just past noon on a sunny Tuesday, March 5, 1968 — the day a Mexican American revolution began. Soon came walkouts at two more Eastside high schools, Roosevelt and Lincoln, in protest of run-down campuses, lack of college prep courses, and teachers who were poorly trained, indifferent or racist.