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  • published Fellowships 2021-09-14 14:11:26 -0500


    The Dr. Hector P. Garcia Fellowship

    The Archives and Special Collections at Bell Library is lucky enough to be the home of the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Papers. Coming in at almost 360 linear feet—the length of a football field—and spanning the doctor’s entire 50+ year career in public life, you can imagine the trove of information and insight this collection represents. In 2018, when the papers came back from a year and a half in Maryland being processed, arranged and described, Dean Cate Rudowsky decided the Library needed to do something to highlight this truly unique and remarkable collection.

    The result was the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Fellowship. The Fellowship is a $1,000 award designed to allow the recipient to travel to Bell Library and do research with the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Papers. Not only does this bring a researcher to the papers, it brings Dr. Hector to the world. By encouraging research into his collection, the Fellowship helps ensure that Dr. Hector’s work for justice and equality is remembered.


    2019 Fellow

    Rosana Vanessa Gomez Pachon

    Master's Thesis






    2020 Fellow

    Dr. Antonio Vásquez

    Lecturer with the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas at Austin

  • published Library Resources 2021-09-14 13:59:54 -0500

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  • published Presentations in The Mission 2021-09-13 13:34:59 -0500


    The Foundation carries Dr. Hector's message today! 

    Our President, Cecilia Garcia Akers has made dozens of presentations on Dr. Hector's life and legacy, meeting a major educational goal of the Foundation.

    1. 9/16/21-Dr. Hector P. Garcia Middle School Dallas, Texas-Zoom Presentation
    2. 9/15/21-Incarnate Word Academy-CC, Dr. Hector P. Garcia Texas State Recognition Day Mass honoring Dr. Garcia.
    3. 9/4/21-Heritage Park-CC Market Days Book Sales
    4. 8/24/21-Testimony provided to Texas House Committee on Public Education in opposition to SB 3 and HB 28
    5. 8/21/21-University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston announcement of the Foundation’s first recipient of Dr. Hector P. Garcia, M.D. scholarship
    6. 8/7/21-Heritage Park-CC Market Days Book Sales
    7. 7/3/21-Heritage Park-CC Market Days Book Sales
    8. 6/19/21-Sinton Market Days Book Sales
    9. 5/15/21-Sinton Market Days Book Sales
    10. 4/17/21-Sinton Market Days Book Sales
    11. 4/14/21-Interview for American GI Forum Mid-Year Conference by Yolanda Ayala
    12. 4/6/21-PSA about COVID 19 vaccine for Christus Spohn Health-CC
    13. 4/3/21-Heritage Park-CC Market Days Book Sales
    14. 3/27/21-Interview for Women’s History Month with KIII TV3-CC
    15. 3/20/21-Sinton Market Days Book Sales
    16. 3/6/21-Sinton Market Days Book Sales
    17. 2/11/21-Zoom Presentation with West Oso High School
    18. 10/1/20-Interview with Jay Wallace WFAA TV Dallas
    19. 9/22/20-Zoom Presentation with MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston, Texas
    20. 9/17/20-Dallas Holocaust Human Rights Museum Zoom Presentation
    21. 9/16/20-Interview with KIII TV3 about Dr. Hector P. Garcia Official Texas State Recognition Day
    22. 6/16/20-Radio Presentation on KLUP-San Antonio
    23. 3/20/20-Lecture Texas A&M University-CC Sense of Belonging
    24. 2/21/20-Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education
    25. 1/17//20-Dr. Hector P. Garcia Birthday Celebration
    26. 1/2/2020-KIII TV3 Interview regarding the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Birthday Luncheon
    27. 12/2/2020-University of Texas Medical Center Galveston School of Medicine Dr. Hector P. Garcia Endowed Scholarship Luncheon
    28. 11/23/19-Texas A&M University- CC Book Festival
    29. 11/12/19-Del Mar College-CC Lecture for Mexican American Studies
    30. 11/6/19-University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston School of Health Professionals Endowed Scholarship Luncheon
    31. 10/11/19-University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston Dr. Hector P. Garcia Awards Luncheon
    32. 9/24/19-Lecture Lone Star Collage Cypress, Texas
    33. 9/19/19-Dr. Hector P. Garcia Texas State Recognition Day Luncheon Mercedes, Texas
    34. 9/18/19-Dr. Hector P. Garcia Texas State Recognition Day Luncheon Del Mar College-CC
    35. 9/18/19-Book Talk McAllen Library, McAllen, Texas
    36. 9/4/19-Bullock Texas State History Museum Lecture
    37. 8/30/19-First Fellowship Award Texas A&M University-CC
    38. 8/27/19-South Park Middle School Photo Unveiled of Dr. Hector P. Garcia
    39. 7/20/19-Guest Speaker Mexican American Studies Del Mar College-CC

     More info before this date.

  • published Donors in The Mission 2021-09-13 12:37:12 -0500

  • The Inspiring Life of Texan Hector P. Garcia


    Get your copy of "The Inspiring life of Texan Hector P. Garcia"

    signed by the author Cecilia Garcia Akers

    for a donation of $25.00 free shipping

    allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.


  • published Grants in The Mission 2021-09-13 11:30:29 -0500

    Grants by the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Foundation

    The Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Foundation

    raised and distributed nearly $400,000 in Grants and Scholarships

    since its inception to support Dr. Hector's Mission

    Grant Recipients

    Incarnate Word Academy- Corpus Christi, TX

    Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, TX

    Texas A&M University-Kingsville, TX

    Del Mar College-Corpus Christi, TX

    University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine-Galveston, TX

    University of Texas Medical Branch Physical Therapy Program-Galveston, TX

    Christus Health System-Corpus Christi, TX

    Boys and Girls Club of the Coastal Bend

    YMCA-Corpus Christi, TX

  • published Board of Directors in The Mission 2021-09-13 10:26:32 -0500

    Board of Directors

    Cecilia Garcia-Akers, Foundation President
    Dr. Hector's daughter, Cecilia, is passionate about and committed to preserving and educating others about the legacy of Dr. Hector and its relevance today. She is an experienced fundraiser and has a strong working relationship with both Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and her alma mater, the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, both of which will be involved in the scholarship process. She also provides personal interviews, lectures and other speaking engagements to further Dr. Hector's message.

    Phone: (210) 415-5396

    Email: [email protected] 


    Barbara_Hinojosa_Bio_Pic.jpgBarbara Baggerly-Hinojosa, Vice President

    Barbara Baggerly-Hinojosa, Ph.D. is a Graduate of Our Lady of the Lake University with a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies.  In addition, she holds an Associates of Arts degree in Education from McLennan Community College, Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas-Pan American, and a Master of Arts in Educational Supervision from the University of Texas-Pan American. Dr. Baggerly-Hinojosa is a resident of Mercedes, TX in the Rio Grande Valley.  Dr. Baggerly-Hinojosa has over 20 years experience in education, has held positions such as Classroom Teacher, Dean of Instruction, Campus Principal, Public Information Officer, Parent/Community Specialist, and Director of Migrant Education.  Dr. Baggerly-Hinojosa’s experience in education and public service will greatly enhance our Foundation Board.



    Jim Akers, Treasurer
    Jim, Cecilia's husband, has a long history of executive management experience including human resources, budgeting, cash flow analysis and strategic planning. Jim is responsible for researching, organizing and disseminating educational information, fact checking website management and assisting with fundraising.

    Phone: (210) 508-0824

    Email: [email protected]





    Steve Arnold, Secretary

    After more than 20 years at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Steve is now a full-time marketing consultant helping businesses and organizations throughout Texas.  He had an outstanding career with the Caller-Times, responsible for assisting with grants and in-kind donations to more than 400 local organizations. Steve oversaw the Caller-Times’ Children’s Christmas Appeal program, the Caller-Times/Citgo Distinguished Scholars program and the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee. He took a small, Caller-Times readers’ poll called “Best of the Best” and turned it into one of the most recognizable brands and one of the biggest community events in the area.

    Steve has been an integral part working with civil rights organizations including L.U.L.A.C., the American GI Forum and the NAACP. He has worked on numerous committees to promote educational programs and scholarship funding for minority and economically disadvantaged students. Steve worked closely with the Garcia family to help promote and recognize the historical passage of a State Recognition Day for Dr. Hector P. Garcia.

    Steve was one of the founding board members of the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Foundation. He is a member of the Del Mar College Foundation Board, serving on the Executive Committee, board member with the American Heart Association and a member of the Rev. E.F. Bennett Scholarship Fund committee.

    Barbara Canales

    Barbara Canales was born and raised in Corpus Christi, TX. She is the great niece of Dr. Hector P. Garcia. She graduated from Ray High School as valedictorian, and earned a full scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin.  Barbara received her Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1989, and Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Houston in 1992. In 2004, Barbara formed Canales Exploration LLC, a gas and oil exploration company.  Barbara has served on multiple boards including the Development Board of the University of Texas Austin, Texas A&M Corpus Christi Foundation Board, Texas State Aquarium Board, South Texas Institute of Arts, and the Corpus Christi Port Authority. The Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Foundation is honored to have Ms. Canales as a Board member.


    Curtis Clark

    Curtis Clark is presently Asst. Vice President, International Bank of Commerce,  Corpus Christi.  Curtis has been and currently a member/officer of numerous organizations in Corpus Christi. 

    He is Vice President of Coastal Bend Boys and Girls Club, past Vice Chairman of Corpus Christi International Airport Board of Directors, past Vice President Harold C Kaffie Middle School PTA. Currently, Vice President of the Corpus Christi Crime Control & Prevention District Board, 2nd  Vice President H. Boyd Hall Branch Chapter 6168 NAACP, United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce Champions Chairman, and Vice President Corpus Christi Black Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors while representing CC Black Chamber of Commerce to the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corp. Curtis is also a proud Military Veteran serving in the U.S. Navy from 1996-2001. We are proud to have Curtis as a Board member.

    Nelly Garcia Blow, D.O., Geriatrician

    CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital – Shoreline

    Dr. Garcia  Blow was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas. She completed her medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center/ Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. She then completed her Family Medicine Residency and Geriatric fellowship at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital -Memorial. Dr. Garcia Blow is board certified in family medicine and geriatrics. She now practices in Corpus Christi providing geriatric consults for older injured patients at CHRISTUS Spohn’s Level II Trauma Center.

    Dr. Garcia Blow’s passion is education and improving the lives of our coastal bend communities. She serves on the American Heart Association and is the chair of Hypertension Collaborative aimed at improving blood pressure control in our area. Dr. Garcia Blow also serves as the chair of the medical subcommittee for the Nueces County Opioid Taskforce which is focused on education, prevention, and intervention to tackle the opioid crisis that has affected our area as well as the entire nation.


     Larry Elizondo

    Mr. Elizondo has proven himself a valued leader in the Corpus Christi community with professional accomplishments such as successfully managing over $668 million of public funds, and maintaining an outstanding record while serving the largest employer in Corpus Christi. Larry is an adept negotiator and critical thinker, and has extensive knowledge of industry and government regulations. These skills have allowed Larry to serve the citizens of Corpus Christi in many capacities including serving on a number of boards for organizations such as the Coastal Bend Community Blood Center, the American Heart Association, the Del Mar College Foundation and many others. 

    The Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Foundation is honored to have Larry serve on its Board of Directors. 



    Moses Estrada

    Moses Estrada is a graduate of Robstown High School and attended Del Mar College. He proudly served his country in the US Army and worked for Southwestern Bell until his retirement. He owned and operated a real estate office in Kingsville for twenty years and presently is a real estate investor. He has actively served his community by participating in several organizations including the Dr. Hector P. Garcia AGIF of South Texas and is the Commander of the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Founders Chapter. Under his leadership, the organization is in its fifth year of awarding scholarships to high school seniors and veterans in Nueces County.  Moses is a co-organizer of the Dr. Hector P. Garcia State Holiday celebration in Corpus Christi, Texas.




    DSC_0009_(3).JPGMark Roach

    Mark Roach was born in Corpus Christi, TX and graduated from Aransas Pass High School, and Texas A&M University-College Station with a degree in Accounting in 1975.

    He was a founding charter member of Coastal National Bank in Aransas Pass, and served as a founding director from 1982-1990.   In addition, Mark served as the Municipal Court Judge in Aransas Pass and was on the bench from 1992 to 1995.  In 1995, he opened a branch location for Dealers Electrical Supply in Corpus Christi. 

    Mark has extensive civic experiences that include a former member of the Lion’s Club in Aransas Pass, and as a former Religious Education instructor for 15 years at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Aransas Pass.   He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Associated Builders and Contractors of Texas (Austin), the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation Electrical Advisory Board (Austin), the Board of Directors of Associated Builders and Contractors-Texas Coastal Bend Chapter in Corpus Christi and on the Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of Portland.


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  • published Sign Up for Updates! 2021-09-08 14:44:02 -0500

    Sign Up for Updates!

    Get information about events for the Hector P Garcia Memorial Foundation as we continue to raise money for scholarships, healthcare and the Hector P Garcia Wing of TAMUCC's Bell Library to house his archive for future scholars.

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  • published Don't let them erase our heroes! in Latest News 2021-07-21 13:55:53 -0500

    Don't let them erase our heroes!

    Cecilia Garcia Akers and others testified against the removing of Dr. Hector and other Civil Rights Leaders from the  required the high school history curriculum at both the Senate and House hearing for SB3. Most were reinstated in the the bill. Bills that passed this session represent a direct threat to everything Dr. Hector believed in.

    Help us keep Dr. Hector's message of Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity Alive! 

  • Curtis Clark appointed to Board of Directors

    Please help me in congratulating Curtis Clark , our newest board member of The Dr. Hector P Garcia Memorial Foundation. Among many other accomplishments, Curtis is the Vice President at IBC Bank and a member of the NAACP. We are so honored to have   Curtis as a new board member.

    International Bank of Commerce “IBC”, Assistant Vice President

    Mary McLeod Bethune Early Child Development Inc., Former Chairman of the Board of Directors

    Coastal Bend Boys and Girls Club, Vice President

    Corpus Christi International Airport Board of Directors, Former 1st Vice Chairman of CCIA Board of Directors

    Harold C. Kaffie Middle School, Former PTA Board President

    Corpus Christi Crime Control & Prevention District Board, 2021-Present Vice President of CCCCPD

    NAACP H. Boyd Hall Branch Chapter #6168, 2nd Vice President NAACP Chapter #6168

    United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce 2015-Present, Present United CC Chamber of Commerce Chamber Champions Chairman

    Corpus Christi Black Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors,  Vice President of CC Black Chamber of Commerce

    Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corp. 2021-Present

    Leadership Corpus Christi Class 46 Steering Committee Member

    Leadership Corpus Christi Class 44 Graduate 2016

    Corpus Christi Under 40 2015 Honoree

    Corpus Christi Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Embajadore President 2016

    United States Navy 1996-2001 Veteran

  • published Book signing Sinton Market Days May 15th in Latest News 2021-05-03 15:11:16 -0500

    Book signing Sinton Market Days May 15th

    Purchase your copy signed by the author Cecilia Garcia Akers, on May 15, 2021

    at Sinton Market Days First United Methodist Church 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

    $5.00 shipping & handling

  • published Book signing Sinton Market Days in Latest News 2021-05-03 13:42:42 -0500

  • Legacy Celebration Luncheon -Save the Date!

    We are very honored to announce that Dr. Osbert Blow, President and Chief Medical Officer of Christus Spohn Health System, will be our keynote speaker for our Legacy Celebration Luncheon on January 21, 2022 at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX.  Please Save the Date for this incredible celebration.

  • Cecilia Garcia Akers in "Inspiring Woman of San Antonio Book"

    Virginia Yamin Creator and publisher of "Inspiring Woman Book"

  • published Book signing at Heritage Market Days in Latest News 2021-03-02 08:55:04 -0600

    Book signing at Heritage Park Market Days!

    We want to welcome Cecilia Garcia Akers to Heritage Park Market Days Saturday, September 4th. She will be here signing her book "The Inspiring Life of Hector P. Garcia". Stop by her booth from 9am to 4pm say hello and purchase a signed copy.

    To Order Online Click Here