A daughter’s perspective of Dr. Hector P. Garcia, founder of the American GI Forum and a Mexican-American civil rights leader, is how author Cecilia Garcia Akers described her new book, “The Inspiring Life of Texan Hector P. Garcia.”
Akers read from the book and signed copies at a reception and book signing Wednesday, April 13, at the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Mary and Jeff Bell Library.
Hector P. Garcia (1914-1996) was a Corpus Christi physician who founded the American GI Forum in 1948 to organize veterans to fight for educational and medical benefits. The University’s Library exhibits several of his letters and photos as part of its special collections. The Garcia papers represent one of the most valuable resources in existence on the Mexican-American experience during the last half of the 20th Century.
Akers shared the inscription to her father and read from a section telling of the family’s visit to Washington, D.C. when Dr. Garcia received the Medal of Freedom.