Today in Latin American History
Chicano Movement Activist Oscar Zeta Acosta was Born in 1935
Photo: Oscar Zeta Acosta
Today in Latin American history, American attorney, politician, and Chicano Movement activist Oscar Zeta Acosta was born in 1935.
Acosta joined the Chicano Movement as an activist attorney, defending Chicano groups and activists, such as the S.O.S., Brown Berets member Carlos Filafasofa, and other underserved members of the East L.A. barrio.
The American author Hunter S. Thompson, who characterized him as his Samoan Attorney, Dr. Gonzo, in his acclaimed novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Benicio del Toro portrays Acosta in the 1998 film based on the book.
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