The Young Lords, a national political movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s, originated as a Chicago street gang fighting gentrification and unfair evictions in Puerto Rican neighborhoods. Its politically radical members were part of the original Rainbow Coalition with the Black Panthers and the Young Patriots. The Young Lords: A Reader (New York University Press), edited by Darrel Enck-Wanzer, assistant professor of communication studies, provides a look inside the movement.
The collection of essays, speeches, pamphlets and photographs created by Young Lords members, primarily in New York and on the East Coast, includes the organization’s 13-point platform and rules of discipline. The book covers the group’s activism in the areas of education, health care, police injustice and gender equality.