25 Years After His Tragic Death, Oscar Gomez Gets His College Degree
Natalie Paredes, left, and Oscar Gomez in 1992, two years before his death. (Courtesy of Natalie Paredes)
By the age of 21, Oscar Gomez was already a leader and an inspiration in the Chicano community.
It was hard to miss the young man with a silver microphone in his hand and a serape draped over his linebacker's frame during protests in the early 1990s. He was there in 1992 when Chicanos protested the 500-year anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival. He supported a 1993 hunger strike to create a Chicano studies department at UCLA. He spoke out against Proposition 187, the 1994 ballot initiative that sought to stop unauthorized immigrants from using public schools and hospitals.