Elizabeth "Betita" Martinez is a Chicana writer, activist and teacher whose many years of social justice work are legendary. She speaks on racism, multiculturalism, women's struggles and today's new movements.
In the 1960s and 70s, she worked in the Black civil rights movement and the Chicano movement. She co-founded and currently chairs the Institute for MultiRacial Justice to help build alliances between communities of color.
Martinez is the author of six books and numerous articles. Her best-known work is 500 Years of Chicano History, which became the basis for the video she co-directed. Her latest book is De Colores Means All of Us: Latina Views for a Multi-Colored Century (South End Press).