Salazar Hall

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Oct. 18, 2006

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Cal State L.A. rededicates Rubén Salazar Hall
With new portrait, ceremony revisits Latino journalist’s legacy

Nearly four decades ago, Rubén Salazar created portraits of the culture and contemporary issues of Southern California’s Mexican Americans in a style of journalistic realism. With the unveiling of a realistic new portrait of him, California State University, Los Angeles rededicated its Rubén Salazar Hall Thursday, Oct. 12, and rekindled an awareness of his legacy.

The ceremony included a keynote address by journalism scholar Félix Gutiérrez, a reading of Mr. Salazar’s last column for the Los Angeles Times by Times reporter Hector Becerra, and reminiscences and remarks by Lisa Johnson, Salazar’s daughter.

It culminated with the unveiling of the portrait, commissioned by the University and painted by John Martin, an art instructor and Cal State L.A. alumnus.

A courageous – and at times crusading – journalist, Salazar spent more than a decade at the Los Angeles Times, beginning in 1959. He covered the Mexican American community in Southern California, and he served the Times as a foreign correspondent in Vietnam and as a bureau chief in Mexico City. After he became news director in 1970 at KMEX, a Los Angeles Spanish-language television station, he continued with the Times as a columnist.

He was killed on Aug. 29, 1970, in East Los Angeles covering a rally of Latino opposition to the Vietnam War. He was 42.

Rubén Salazar portrait, 2006, by John Martin

Rubén Salazar Hall at Cal State L.A.

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