In March of 1968, a young Roberto Maestas was part of the faculty at Franklin High School in southeast Seattle. Maestas, recently graduated from the University of Washington, was working as a Spanish teacher when a now legendary sit-in led by members of the Black Student Union took place at Franklin High. Among the demonstrators was Larry Gossett, a Franklin graduate himself, who would become a significant presence in Roberto Maestas’ activism. Over the next year, the awakening of Maestas’ social consciousness continued. He left Franklin High School in 1969 to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Washington and expand his involvement in Latino issues. He went on to become one of the founders of El Centro de la Raza in Beacon Hill. His time and experiences at Franklin High School helped form the activist and community leader that he became.