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[Barbara Jordan Acceptance Speech at Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies]

Description: Text of acceptance speech delivered by Barbara Jordan at the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies commemoration of the anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. She discusses immigration policy and and the civil rights of immigrants. Handwritten edits appear throughout the photocopied document.
Date: 1994
Creator: Jordan, Barbara, 1936-1996
Partner: Texas Southern University

Oral History Interview with Sheila Patterson Harris and Rose Wilson, July 1, 2016

Description: Rose Wilson was born outside of Waco and moved to Lubbock as a young married adult. She raised her children in the city. Wilson became the first African American women to become president of Lubbock’s NAACP—when she was working as a maid. Because of her work sector, she faced pushback by some community economic elites. Sheila Patterson-Harris was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas. Her father is T.J. Patterson-Harris, the first African American City Representative of Lubbock, Texas. She attended school at the University of North Texas Denton, Texas. After graduating from university, Patterson-Harris moved back to Lubbock and worked in the radio industry but transferred over to working as a probation officer for twenty-nine years. She won the city representative seat her father once had in 2016.
Date: July 1, 2016
Creator: Harris, Sheila Patterson; Wilson, Rose & Wisely, Karen
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Diana Abrego, July 19, 2016

Description: Diana Abrego talks about being a migrant worker in her early years. She also talks about living in the borderland; being of two worlds, both Mexico & the U.S. She also talks about Del Rio's San Felipe's barrio and the segregation. Some black/brown relations in San Felipe. Being in the brown berets in Del Rio.
Date: July 19, 2016
Creator: Abrego, Diana; Arionus, Steve & Sinta, Vinicio
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with JoAnn Paul and Diane Paul, July 29, 2016

Description: The Paul sisters were raised in Dayton, where their grandfather had owned and operated a farm, passed down to their father. Born ten years apart, the sisters lived in a segregated neighborhood, attended, and graduated from a segregated school. They both left for careers before returning to the area. In their interview, they described their family's history, segregation in Dayton, the differences between white and black schools, the effect of Brown v. Board, their career paths, changes in Dayton, and what they'd like to see in the future.
Date: July 29, 2016
Creator: Paul, JoAnn; Paul, Diane; May, Meredith & Howard, Jasmin
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Maria Jordan, July 31, 2016

Description: Mrs. Jordan has worked as a community social worker mainly servicing the Hispanic/Latino population in mainly Houston and Montgomery County. Jordan has worked to ensure that the Hispanic/Latino population has access to resources. Jordan consistently collaborates with other organizations that fosters multiracial collaborations. Jordan discussed growing up in Houston and Aldine. Jordan's family left the Barrio in Houston and moved to the more rural Aldine when she was three. Jordan discussed the different cultural practices she learned by having Cuban and Mexican parents, visiting the Barrio and living in a predominantly white and rural area. Jordan witnessed violence between residents of the Barrio and law enforcement. Jordan also discussed her experience with school integration. Jordan describes the changes in racial demographics of Montgomery County and efforts to secure political representation through creating and sustaining a multiracial coalition.
Date: July 31, 2016
Creator: Jordan, Maria; Howard, Jasmin & May, Meredith
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Leonard Sweat, June 8, 2016

Description: Leonard Sweat grew up in Nacogdoches and participated in the protests and activism while he was in school. He worked in Lufkin, because economic opportunity in Nacogdoches was limited. He returned to Nacogdoches later in life to work as a minister. Mr. Sweat discussed growing up in segregated Nacogdoches, the integration of the schools, the brutality of Chief Roebuck, protests in the late 1960s and 1970, representation of African-Americans in politics and voter apathy.
Date: June 8, 2016
Creator: Sweat, Leonard; Howard, Jasmin & May, Meredith
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Apollonia Ellis, June 15, 2016

Description: Ms. Ellis works for the hospital system in Lufkin and San Augustine. While attending SFA, she became involved in local politicss after noticing other active Democrats. She is the current chair of the Democratic Party in Nacogdoches County. She describes, in her interview, the current political climate in Nacogdoches, the people running for office, and their political platform.
Date: June 15, 2016
Creator: Ellis, Apollonia; Howard, Jasmin & May, Meredith
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with John Wright, July 27, 2016

Description: Mr. Wright was born and raised in Liberty, Texas in the 1930s. HE grew up on a farm and went to segregated schools. After his graduation in 1954, he went to Prairieview A&M for a brief period of time before joining the army, where he was stationed in Germany. He returned to Texas in 1960 and began working as a medical technologist. Later, he worked for NASA on the Apollo 11 mission, the EEOC, and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. In his interview, Mr. Wright describes Liberty in the 1940s and 1950s, his experience in the army, discrimination on the job in the 1960s and 1970s, community activism, his experiences as city councilman in Ames, and his hopes for hte area's future.
Date: July 27, 2016
Creator: Wright, John; Howard, Jasmin & May, Meredith
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Fred Aguilar, July 12 2016

Description: Fred Aguilar was born in 1950 in a small barrio located in the affluent Alamo Heights neighborhood of San Antonio. His father's determination along with his his mother's dedication to volunterism provided him the fortitude to not only survive the discrimintation he witnessed in his youth, but to also become an community activist in both Houston and Baytown. After the Jose Campos Torres case sparked Aguilar's participation in the Houston Chicana/o Movement, he would move to Baytown where he became involved in the West Baytown Civic Assocation, the United Concerned Citizens of Baytown, gang prevention, and the co-founding of the Promise Center. He talks about how the Jose Campos Torres case outraged the Houston Chicana/o community, how he tackled gang graffiti and worked with youth on mural projects through the West Baytown Civic Association, how African Americans and Mexican Americans in Baytown came together to address police brutality after the brutal death of Luis Alfonso Torres, and how the Promise Center is committed to serving the community through child, youth, and adult programming. Aguilar also speaks about the importance of gang prevention endeavors, particularly in the area of art and culture.
Date: July 12, 2016
Creator: Aguilar, Fred; Enriquez, Sandra & Rodriguez, Samantha
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Irene Favila, June 30, 2016

Description: Irene Favila was raised in Lockney, Texas. As a child and teenager, Favila’s family would migrate to Kansas and Colorado during the summers to work in agricultural fields. After graduating from high school, Favila did not attend college—being discouraged by school officials—and entered the workforce. She then entered court reporting school in Plainview, Texas and worked as a court reporter in Amarillo, Texas—perhaps becoming the first Mexican American court reporter in the Texas Panhandle. Favila then moved back to the Plainview area and began working for Motivation, Education, and Training (a migrant farmworker services organization) from 1975 to 2015. Favila was elected as the first person of color in the Plainview City Council. She has been a lifelong member of LULAC and has been instrumental in promoting voting rights and educational rights in Plainview—helping launch Department of Justice investigations in the town and Hail County along with marches.
Date: June 30, 2016
Creator: Favila, Irene & Zapata, Joel
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Frank, Gutierrez, June 18, 2016

Description: Frank Gutierrez grew up in Lubbock, Texas and graduated from Lubbock High School. He then joined the military and served in Vietnam. Upon returning, he enrolled in Texas Tech University. He has served in various non-profits and a charter school. He has ran for various local political offices.
Date: June 18, 2016
Creator: Gutierrez, Frank; Wisely, Karen & Zapata, Joel
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library