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Oral History Interview with Esther Sepeda, June 29, 2016

Description: Esther Sepeda was born in Buda, Texas and was raised in both Knott, Texas and Hale Center, Texas. She married while in school and left school, living and beginning a family in Hale Center. Afterwords, her family moved to Abernathy, Texas. In Abernathy, Sepeda began working within community services. While in the town, Sepeda and her husband began a building business and eventually moved to Lubbock for that business. In Lubbock, she served as the award winning president of Comerciantes Organizados Mexico-Americanos (COMA) and a founder member of the Hispanic Association of Women.
Date: June 29, 2016
Creator: Wisely, Karen; Zapata, Joel & Sepeda, Esther
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