A Lowrider Thank you!

From December through March, people flocked to the library to visit our first ever Lowrider Exhibit, “Story and King: San José’s Lowrider Culture”! Now that the exhibit has come to a close, it’s time to thank all those who’ve made it a success!

Photo of Story and King: San José’s Lowrider Culture Exhibit

It all began with a customer request for lowrider research materials; without his inquiry, the exhibit would never have happened! Thank you!

For over a year and a half, we worked to connect with members of the lowrider community. Our donors, speakers and partners took time out of their busy days to help make our vision a reality. Thank you!

With the help of over 100 individuals and car clubs, we were able to assemble more than 200 pieces of lowrider memorabilia, including photographs, magazines, programs, flyers, paintings, models, car club plaques, street signs, park signs, replicas, clothing, trophies and more. Thank you!

Photo of audience at the 2nd panel eventPhoto of audience at the 2nd panel eventPhoto of the audience at the 2nd panel event

Our exhibit opening on December 15, 2018 had over 120 guests in attendance. It was inspiring to see different generations come together to share their stories, forge new connections, and rekindle old ones. Thank you!

Our three panel events on January 15, February 16, and March 16 resulted in a combined attendance of over 900 people. Together we celebrated lowrider history and dispelled negative stereotypes of this incredible subculture. For your boundless generosity, enthusiasm and appreciation, thank you!

Sign of third panel event with audience members waiting to get into event

The panelists for the three events were Biney Ruiz, Jesus Flores, Daniel Martinez, Joey Flores, Hector Montenegro, Denise Sandoval, Arturo Villarreal, Mario Madrid, Mark Sermeno, Suzanne Lopez, Maria Herrera and David Polanco. We appreciate the time you took to share your experiences and knowledge with everyone. Thank you!

Photo of second panel Denise Sandoval, Arturo Villarreal, Mario Madrid Photo of third panel Mark Sermeno, Suzanne Lopez, Maria Herrera, David Polanco with emcee Jimmy Hernandez.

To the members of the Lowrider Council of San José and all those who volunteered to help, thank you!

Jimmy Hernandez, DJ at KKUP 91.5, helped promote the exhibit, including hosting library staff on his radio show. He also emceed the three panel events. For your immense contribution of time, energy and resources, thank you!

Photo of emcee Jimmy Hernadez

Jeremy Cadena (a.k.a. DJ Queso) from Westend Car Club, provided the atmosphere for our events by spinning some classic lowrider jams. Thank you!

Photo of Jeremey Cadena (a.k.a. DJ Queso) playing music at the 2nd panel event

Jorge Sanchez of Chacho’s Restaurant provided snacks for all three panel events. Thank you!

Photo of women getting food that Cacho's provided for the second panel event

Two San José City Councilmembers, Raul Peralez (District 3) and Magdalena Carrasco (District 5) demonstrated their support by speaking at our events. Thank you!

Photo of San Jose City Coucilmember Raul Peralez (District 3) speaking at second panel eventPhoto of San Jose City Coucilmember Magdalena Carrasco (District 5) speaking at third panel event

Kathryn Blackmer Reyes of San José State University’s Africana, Asian American, Chicano, & Native American Studies Center (AAACNA), partnered with us to help make connections and provide guidance. Thank you!

Photo of Kathryn Blackmer Reyes of San José State University’s Africana, Asian American, Chicano, & Native American Studies Center (AAACNA) speaking at second panel event

At the final panel event, the United Lowrider Council of San José presented San José Public Library’s California Room staff and San José State University’s AAACNA staff with a Certificate of Appreciation. Thank you!

Photo of library staff accepting certificate of appreciation from the United Lowrider Council of San Jose at third panel event.

We apologize for any names we’ve missed. We appreciate everything you’ve done to make this exhibit a triumph. THANK YOU!!!

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Great work! This was probably one of the coolest exhibits I've seen at the library. Looking forward to what you guys might come up with next.

Story Rd & King Rd was where so many of us grew up & it's nice to see our culture & history honored & displayed. The respect for our families & pride of our neighborhood & being from San Jose's Eastside was way overdue to be recognized. Well done. Looking forward to the next time.

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