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Oral history interview with Albert Peña, Jr., 1996

Author: Albert Peña; Jose Angel Gutierrez; University of Texas at Arlington. Center for Mexican American Studies.
Edition/Format:   Archival material   Book : English
Publication:Center for Mexican American Studies Oral Histories, CMAS no. 15
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Peña discusses his role in school desegregation cases in Texas and how he became involved in the Hondo and Lytle lawsuits. He relates how the visibility generated by these cases led to his involvement in Democratic Party politics in Texas. Peña describes his involvement in the founding and early development of the Political Association of Spanish-Speaking Organizations (PASO), MALDEF, and the Viva Kennedy Clubs.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Oral Histories
Named Person: Albert Peña; Lyndon B Johnson; Albert Fuentes; Pete Tijerina; Kennedy family.; Lyndon B Johnson; Kennedy family.; Albert A Peña, Jr.
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Archival Material, Book
All Authors / Contributors: Albert Peña; Jose Angel Gutierrez; University of Texas at Arlington. Center for Mexican American Studies.
OCLC Number: 50513169
Language Note: The interview was conducted primarily in English but portions are in Spanish, for which English translations are provided in the transcript.
Notes: Interviewed by José Angel Gutiérrez on July 2, 1996, in San Antonio, Texas.
The Papers of Albert Peña, Jr., are held at the University of Texas at San Antonio Special Collections.
Description: 2 videocassettes (VHS) (1 hr., 55 min.) : color ; 1/2 in. Transcript : 62 pages ; 28 cm
Other Titles: Center for Mexican American Studies Oral Histories.
Mexican American Public Figures of Texas.
Tejano Voices.

Abstract:

Peña discusses his role in school desegregation cases in Texas and how he became involved in the Hondo and Lytle lawsuits. He relates how the visibility generated by these cases led to his involvement in Democratic Party politics in Texas. Peña describes his involvement in the founding and early development of the Political Association of Spanish-Speaking Organizations (PASO), MALDEF, and the Viva Kennedy Clubs. He recalls his association with such Democratic Party notables as Lyndon Johnson and members of the Kennedy family as well as with political interest organizations such as the Teamsters, the American G.I. Forum, and LULAC. Peña addresses efforts to organize voters and recruit PASO members in New Braunfels and Crystal City, Texas, and describes his involvement with political campaigns and elections. He mentions other prominent Mexican Americans such as Albert Fuentes, Pete Tijerina, Dr. Hector Garcia, and Henry Cisneros, and gives his perspective on their roles in Mexican American politics in Texas. Peña concludes the interview by discussing more recently established Mexican American organizations such as the Inner City Advocates.

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