Description: Agustin Loredo was born in Baytown, Texas in 1974 and comes from a family with long ties to the area. In the 1930s, several family members, including his father, were repatriated even though they were U.S. citizens. Loredo grew up with stories (that he later researched as a college student at UH) about the vibrant Mexican American community in Baytown, including stories of fiestas patrias and Guadalupe Church, the hub for the community. In 1996, he attended the University of Houston, where he enrolled in courses taught by the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS). These courses sparked his interest in the culture, history, and eventually encouraged his community involvement. After he spent some time in Austin, he returned to Baytown in the early 2000s. After the Luis Alfonso Torres police incident in 2002, Loredo met Fred Aguilar, and became involved in the marches and protests that followed. Loredo witnessed the coalition of African Americans and Latinos to help the youth of Baytown. He then became a member of the West Baytown Homeowners Association and a board member for the Promise Center (led by Aguilar). A teacher at South Houston High School, he is an advocate for Mexican American Studies not only in his school but also across the state of Texas. Loredo also joined the Librotraficante Caravan to Tucson in (2012 or 2013). He currently serves as a board member for the Goose Creek Independent School District, where he is an advocate for the Latino student population and has led several efforts, including the naming of schools after community heroes and the institution of ethnic studies classes.
Date: July 15, 2016
Creator: Enriquez, Sandra; Rodriguez, Samantha & Loredo, Agustin
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Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library