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Document Details


Title: Diaz de Leon, Luis
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Texas, Arlington. Central Library. Special Collections Department
Collection: Tejano Voices: University of Texas at Arlington Center for Mexican American Studies Oral History Project
Description: Díaz de León talks about his family history and genealogy. He relates incidents of race discrimination practices in the schools and neighborhoods where he lived, and tells of his training as a welder with the National Youth Administration at the beginning of World War II and his service with the United States Navy during World War II. Díaz de León elaborates upon his political relationship to Henry B. González. He evaluates the leadership skills of the well-known Chicano lawyer, Gus García, and talks about his battle with alcoholism. Díaz de Leó-n describes his lifelong political activism with the Raza Unida Party in Texas and California, the Political Association of Spanish-Speaking Organizations (PASO), the Viva Kennedy Clubs, the War on Poverty, the Casita Farm Strike, and VISTA. He gives details on how he became director of the Colorado Migrant Council Head Start program, and he talks about the politics within the Council. Díaz de León describes the difficulties in working with other ethnic minority political groups, and he details the problems encountered with inter-ethnic conflict while trying to organize the Poor People's March. He states that there is a need for a true populist third party to counteract the conservative trend by both major political parties in Texas, and he tells why the current two-party political system in Texas does not address the needs of the ethnic minorities and the poor. He stresses that the most pressing issue for the Mexican American community is the illegal drug trade on the U.S. borders, and, he emphasizes the need for all ethnic political groups to recognize the needs of other groups.
Extent: 135 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_135.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1999 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Diaz de Leon, Luis, 1925-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 10-Oct-1925
Speaker place of birth: Laredo, TX; Texas; United States; North America
Age at speaking: 74
Document location: Laredo, TX
Document date: 23-Sep-1999
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: Drake University, Des Moines, IA; Texas Head Start, Houston, TX; U.S. Navy
Historical events discussed: World War II, 1939-1945
Locations discussed: Laredo, TX; North America; San Antonio, TX; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Community; Community organization; Drake University, Des Moines, IA; Drug traffic; Ethnicity; Hispanic American politicians; Hispanic Americans; Hispanic Americans--Texas; Laredo, TX; Neighborhood; North America; Oral history; Political activists; Political science; Poverty; Public schools; Racism; San Antonio, TX; Texas; Texas Head Start, Houston, TX; U.S. Navy; United States; Welders (Persons); World War II, 1939-1945
Topics discussed - Other terms: National Youth Administration
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000198-143