The Longoria Affair- Part 2 - Page 2
Johnson made good on his promise to enact the Voting Rights Act in 1965,citing his experience teaching in a poor Hispanic school in Tecula, Texas, as a primary reason for his thinking and action.
Garcia, who passed away from cancer complications in 1996, and his followers, felt fulfilled sixteen years after the Langoria affair, as Latinos become elected to local school boards and city councils. They would become mayors, legislators, governors, and judges in record numbers. For Garcia, it was a triumph.
Today, a new controversy arises in Three Rivers, as Santiago Hernandez, representing a local G.I. Forum, is leading efforts to rename the Three Rivers’ post office after Felix Longoria. Only time will tell if the wounds initiated by the Longoria affair in this small town have healed.
I wanted to share the Longoria story; as I feel it was a turning point in the Civil Rights history; that changed many lives and started a new chapter in our perceptions and understanding of Human freedoms.
Diversity starts at home,