The Longoria Affair: A Battle For Civil Rights

In my family, Dr. Hector P. Garcia is a household name. Here’s why.

The Longoria Affair: A Battle For Civil Rights SIXTY YEARS AGO IN THREE RIVERS, TEXAS, the body of Pvt. Felix Longoria, a Mexican-American soldier, was returned home after his death in the Pacific theater during WWII. But the only funeral home in town refused to hold a wake for Longoria. His family was told: “The whites wouldn’t like it.” "The Longoria Affair," directed by John J. Valdez and airing November 9 as part of PBS's "Independent Lens" series, explores the history of this incident. I … Read More

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2 thoughts on “The Longoria Affair: A Battle For Civil Rights

  1. Martha says:

    Dr. Garcia was a great man and dedicated his life to helping people, both as a doctor and a civil rights activist. I went to high school with his daughter Susie, but didn’t realize until much later how important his contributions were to the civil rights movement.

    • Joy Victory says:

      Martha, did you watch the documentary? Sounds like he was a real spitfire, which is basically the most important personality trait for a civil rights activist. He wasn’t afraid to take LBJ to task.

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