Strange rumblings in el chuco: Ruben Salazar writes for the “Prospector”,1947–48 & 1953–54

Gustavo Del Hierro, University of Texas at El Paso


The life of journalist Rubén Salazar is often linked to his time as a reporter/columnist for the Los Angeles Times during the Chicana/o Movement and his death at the Chicano Anti-War Moratorium in East Los Angeles on August 29, 1970. After his death, he became a martyr of the Chicana/o civil rights movement and his life and work have mostly been obscured by different attempts to personify him, overlooking aspects of his earlier life. Salazar was born in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico in 1928 and his family later moved to El Paso, Texas in 1929, where he was raised and educated. His time growing up in El Paso, a city with a historically Mexican/Mexican American majority population, was unique because he lived in the South at a time when civil rights were being denied to ethnic minorities. Upon graduating high school, he would attend Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy, later renamed Texas Western University, now the University of Texas at El Paso. Salazar would study journalism and write for the school’s student newspaper, the Prospector, exhibiting the type of character and intrepidness of his later work as a professional journalist.

Subject Area

Biographies|History|Hispanic American studies

Recommended Citation

Del Hierro, Gustavo, "Strange rumblings in el chuco: Ruben Salazar writes for the “Prospector”,1947–48 & 1953–54" (2016). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI10118235.