A FORGOTTEN HERO: Today marks the 7th annual Dr. Hector P. Garcia Day


MERCEDES — When Elizandro Muñoz asks his college students if they’ve heard of Martin Luther King Jr. almost everyone raises their hands, but when he asks them about Dr. Hector P. Garcia, the civil rights leader who precedes most of those mentioned in the U.S. history books, he never gets the same response.

“How can that be?” Muñoz asks. “And I tell them all your life you’ve been learning about everybody else’s history except your own.”

Muñoz is a history professor at South Texas College in Weslaco where every semester he teaches his students about Garcia, a Mexican migrant who grew up in Mercedes and spent more than 50 years fighting for equality to all and founded the American GI Forum.


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