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Document Details


Title: Garcia, Sylvia
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: Ms. García describes the duties of the Houston City Controller's office and compares them to her previous duties as chief judge of the Houston Municipal Court System. She stresses the importance to her success of the mentoring she received from other female political leaders. Ms. García tells of her own and her nine siblings' success n education despite the modest circumstances in which they were raised, and of how her family influenced her attitudes positively about the value of education and hard work. She briefly relates her ideas as to who are the most effective Mexican American political leaders in Texas and the United States, and discusses how politicians' attitudes toward the Mexican American community have been influenced by the rapidly changing Hispanic population demographics in Texas. She expresses her opinions on the relations among Latino groups and between them and blacks, gives background on how and why she became an attorney, and briefly talks about running for other political offices. In closing, she emphasizes the importance of education for today's children.
Extent: 22 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_145.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1999 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Garcia, Sylvia, 1950-
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker date of birth: 1950
Speaker place of birth: San Diego, TX; Texas; United States; North America
Age at speaking: 49
Document location: Houston, TX
Document date: 22-Jul-1999
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX
Locations discussed: Houston, TX; North America; San Diego, TX; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Community; Criminal justice, Administration of--United States; Hispanic American leadership--Texas; Hispanic American politicians; Hispanic American youth; Hispanic Americans; Houston, TX; Judges; Juvenile justice, Administration of; North America; Oral history; Political science; Politicians; San Diego, TX; Texas; Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX; Texas--Politics and government; United States
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000203-148