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Oral History Interview with Emilio Abeyta, June 24, 2016

Description: Emelio E. Abeyta was born in the Santa Rosa, New Mexico area. His family moved to Littlefield for his father’s work. Abeyta began attending Catholic seminary in Santa Fe, New Mexico and then Ohio as a teenager. He served as a priest in various West Texas towns. While serving in Slaton, Texas, Abeyta ran for school board, becoming the first ethnic Mexican school board member and aiding in the integration of the town’s schools. He left the priesthood to work for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. Afterwards, he attended law school in the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He returned to West Texas, Lubbock, to practice law. In Lubbock Abeyta also ran for a judgeship.
Date: June 24, 2016
Creator: Abeyta, Emilio; Wisely, Karen & Zapata, Joel
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Christy Martinez-Garcia, June 14, 2016

Description: Christy Martinez-Garcia was born and raised in Lubbock. She attended Lubbock High School, Lamar University, and completed her degree at Texas Tech University. After college, Martinez-Garcia worked for the Lubbock city government and then for the National Council of La Raza in Washington D.C. Upon her return to Lubbock, Martinez-Garcia sought to counter the local media narrative that mostly only depicted Hispanics as criminals or only immigrants. Thus, she founded the magazine, Latino Lubbock. She also ran for a position in the Lubbock ISD Board of Trustees. Martinez-Garcia has participated in numerous community organizations and was responsible for the naming of Cesar Chavez street in Lubbock as well as having a historical marker for a what once a migrant labor camp.
Date: June 14, 2016
Creator: Acuña-Gurrola, Moisés & Martinez-Garcia, Christy
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Olga Aguerro, June 24, 2016

Description: Olga Aguero was born in Wilson, Texas, where she graduated from Wilson High School. After high school, she worked with the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project and federal project. Olga Aguero moved to Lubbock where she began working as a writer and add seller for El Editor newspaper. She married the owner and founder of El Editor, Chicano actavist and Raza Unida Party state representative candidate Bidal Aguero. Olga Aguero also worked for the Texas Tech University Press, became the first female president of Lubbock’s LULAC chapter, and now leads El Editor.
Date: June 24, 2016
Creator: Aguerro, Olga; Wisely, Karen & Zapata, Joel
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

[Letter from Tony Campos to John J. Herrera - 1955-06-01]

Description: Letter from Tony Campos to John J. Herrera asking for Herrera's support for Frank Pinedo's re-election as National President. Campos is Pinedo's campaign manager and is asking Herrera to give the supporting or closing nomination speech. "In your hands you have the future of LULAC." Campos also writes to catch up and let Herrera know of how he is doing in Lubbock, Texas. "I am doing o.k. I got two secretaries. Not bad, eh Johnny [...] You know yourself Johnny...that when the people of Mexican descent need us, sometimes we have to sacrifice our personal life in order to help those who mostly need help."
Date: June 1, 1955
Creator: Campos, Tony
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

Oral History Interview with Anita Carmona-Harrison, June 24, 2016

Description: Maria Anita Carmona Harrison was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas. She grew up in the city’s Guadalupe neighborhood, and she attended an all “Mexican” school before entering integrated schools in Lubbock. After graduating from Lubbock High School, Carmona Harrison earned a degree in elementary education from Texas Tech University —becoming the first Chicana educated entirely in Lubbock public schools to graduate from the university. She taught in several Lubbock schools.
Date: June 24, 2016
Creator: Carmona-Harrison, Anita; Wisely, Karen & Zapata, Joel
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Billie Caviel, June 30, 2016

Description: Billie Caviel was raised in East Texas, attending all African American Schools. She attended university and pharmacy school at Texas Southern University in Houston. Once graduating, Caviel and her husband, who was also a pharmacist, moved to Lubbock, Texas to work for a Jewish pharmacist because no one else would give them jobs in the state because they were African American. Caviel and her husband later founded their own pharmacy, which they kept open for forty-nine years. Caviel also served as a Lubbock ISD school board member for a number of years during the early 1990s.
Date: June 30, 2016
Creator: Caviel, Billie & Wisely, Karen
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library