Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzáles

Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzáles (1928 –2005), made his professional debut on January 23, 1947. Gonzáles was a Mexican American boxer, poet, and political activist.  In 1966, Gonzáles founded La Cruzada Para La Justicia (The Crusade for Justice), to encourage Hispanics to get involved in politics to improve their lives economically and socially.  His epic poem, Yo Soy Joaquín, (I Am Joaquin) is a stunning, spiritual visualization of Chicano history, struggle, and identity.