Revived and digitized: ‘Chicano I & II’ was a first-of-its-kind TV series

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A still from the opening scene of “Chicano I & II: The Mexican American Heritage Series” is seen. Photo by USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive.

“Chicano I & II: The Mexican American Heritage Series” aired on KNBC-TV in July of 1971 and examined history from the Chicano perspective. The program reran once in 1972, then the film reels remained untouched in a garage for 50 years. Now the show’s original host and USC have revived nine of the 20 episodes for the public to view.

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