Dr. Gutiérrez has been featured in many books, articles, encyclopedias, documentaries, songs, theatrical play and commentary on social media platforms. John Shockley, Chicano Revolt in a Texas Town, Notre Dame Press, 1974 was among the first. Armando Navarro’s trilogy, The Mexican American Youth Organization, University of Texas Press, 1985, The Cristal Experiment, University of Wisconsin Press, 1998, and La Raza Unida Party, Temple University Press, 2000. Ignacio M. Garcia published a Gutierrez article on FBI surveillance and a book, United We Win, University of Arizona Press, 1989. Raul Caballero published El Activista, a biography in Spanish on Gutierrez, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, 2013.


PBS has produced several and many more are found on YouTube such as CHICANO! The History of the Mexican American Civil RIghts Movement, Taking Back the Schools, The Chicano Movement in Texas, Yo Soy Chicano, and the play, Cristal 1969 is about him and the school walkout he organized in his hometown.

Educational Reform

Dr. Gutiérrez wrote and administered a huge grant obtained from the Carnegie Corporation to train public school principals and superintendents. In 1969 there were only five (5) Chicano superintendents in Texas, all males. By 1974-75, he had trained and credentialed over 30 such professionals. They lead many schools and districts across the country similar to the Beca Para Aztlan. The program continued for several years and produced more Chicano professionals, about a third women administrators. He moved on to become the first elected County Judge for Zavala County, Texas in 1974 to 1981. He began his academic career in Oregon and founded the Oregon Council for Hispanic Advancement (IOCHA), now named Hacienda Inc. He returned to Texas to pursue and obtain a law degree and also begin a long career at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) where he founded the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) in 1993-1994. On October 2015, the Regents of the University of Texas approved his designation as Emeritus Professor of Political Science at UTA.

He is a “Doer” and one of the few Chicano civil rights leaders still standing, but not standing still.