The Foundation for Advancements in Science & Education (FASE) announced today a special commemoration for Jaime Escalante, the man who inspired a generation of students at Los Angeles' Garfield High School to reach beyond the lowered expectations of the establishment and grab hold of their dreams. Mr. Escalante died on March 30, 2010, after a battle with cancer.
The commemoration to Mr. Escalante is called "Remembering Jaime Escalante," and features "photos from the wake at Garfield High School, the memorial service at East Los Angeles College, interviews with past students, a special thank you from his family and more."
Edward James Olmos portrayed Escalante in the film Stand and Deliver and received an Oscar nomination for his performance. Mr. Olmos and Mr. Escalante became friends over the years it took to get the movie made and, when learning his friend was ill and in need of help, Mr. Olmos took to the airwaves to ask people to contribute to help the educator and his family.