Mathew Mata said a few months ago he did not know about Dr. Hector P. Garcia.
"I had seen his name around town and heard about him, but I just didn't know who he was or what he did," Mata said.
A Geology major at Del Mar College, Mata was at a the school's Dr. Hector P. Garcia Day luncheon Thursday. The event honored the legacy of the Corpus Christi civil rights leader, physician and American G.I. Forum Founder.