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Walkout Leader Bobby Lee Verdugo Leaves Legacy For Next-Gen Latino Activists

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Bobby Lee Verdugo, who helped lead the 1968 Los Angeles high school student walkouts, died Friday after a lifetime of activism and mentoring young Latinos.

Fifty-two years after walking out of his Lincoln Heights school, Verdugo was still inspiring the next generation, said his fellow student leader, Moctesuma Esparza.

“He took a stand for everyone, that we should all have the opportunity to have a quality education and be encouraged to reach our potential and be able to go to college," Esparza said.

A film producer, Esparza helped immortalize his friend in the 2006 HBO movie, "Walkout."

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