SF Weekly has a nice piece on Galería de la Raza that gives some good history.
Galería de la Raza holds this to be true as the artistic and socially active heart of the Mission District’s Latino community. The artistic collective has been an important gathering spot for not just artists, but intellectuals, writers, and the general neighborhood population for 44 years now.
Founded in 1970, it sprung from the community activism of the predominant Latino residents that were demanding to be heard and desired to have a space for autonomous expression.
At the time, the Chicano Civil Rights movements was in full force with figures like Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, Oscar Zeta Acosta, and Rubén Salazar making headlines nationwide for the better treatment and acceptance of the rapidly-burgeoning Latino population in the United States. READ MORE.