One of the most influential Asian American musicians during this time was the band The Rocky Fellers. They were a quintet of four Filipino brothers and their father. They were discovered by producer Stanley Kahn and signed to Scepter Records. One of their hits, "Killer Joe," got to No.16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April of 1963, the only Asian Americans ever to even be listed on the billboard. The song soon became No.1 in New York and Los Angeles. Unfortunately they faded away when the British Invasion arrived and overshadowed them.
Yuri Kochiyama was a civil rights activist that involved herself in international political prisoner rights, nuclear disarmament, and compensation for Japanese Internment. Kochiyama was a close friend and associate of Malcolm X. She was one of his main trusted comrades and marched with the blacks, helped organize protest events, and supported the Black Panthers. The news article shows Kochiyama holding Malcolm X and was by his side at his assassination in 1965. She ran to him after he was shot and held him in her arms as he lay dying.
Published by the United Farm workers
This pamphlet regarding the Delano Grape Strike was published by the United Farm Workers Union and it asked consumers to look for the UFW union label before buying grapes. The strike began with Filipino farm workers in Delano, California. Led by Philip Vera Cruz, they all left the farms of grape growers because they were not being paid less than the federal minimum wage and had poor working conditions. Cesar Chavez eventually brought the National Farmworkers Association with him and merged the two groups.