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Document Details


Title: Martinez, Roman
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: Martínez discusses the reasons that he decided to become a political activist on Mexican American issues and seek election to state office. He describes his participation in the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Atzlán (MEChA) at Yale University and its influence on him and how that led to his interest in pursuing politics on behalf of Mexican American interests and rights. He also talks about the minority student recruitment program at Yale University that resulted in a substantial number of Mexican American young people from Texas going to Yale. Martínez details key elements of his work in Texas politics. He describes political issues in which he became involved such as statewide redistricting, high school drop out legislation, and, building new schools in Houston's Hispanic areas. He talks about the details involved in getting the legislature to establish line item funding to create the Mexican American Cultural Center at the University of Houston in spite of the protests of University officials. He tells about the racial prejudices and struggles that Mexican American legislators faced both locally and statewide in getting positive results for the Hispanic community. Martínez describes the problems he experienced as a political candidate in Texas politics. He talks about the difficulties of raising money to support his candidacy and being politically disadvantaged by wealthier political opponents. Martínez details his constant fights against political maneuvering by opponents and members of the Mexican American community. He tells how he supported himself financially by building up his own taxi cab company which was the first Mexican American owned taxi cab business in the Houston area.
Extent: 83 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_049.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1996 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Martinez, Roman, 1958-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1958
Speaker place of birth: Cuero, TX; Texas; United States; North America
Age at speaking: 38
Document location: Lubbock, TX
Document date: 26-Jun-1996
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: Texas. State Legislature; Yale University, New Haven, CT
Locations discussed: Harris County, TX; North America; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Community; Harris County, TX; High school dropouts; Hispanic American business enterprises; Hispanic American leadership--Texas; Hispanic American politicians; Hispanic Americans--Texas; North America; Oral history; Political campaigns--Texas; Public schools; Racism; Texas; Texas. State Legislature; Texas--Politics and government; United States; Yale University, New Haven, CT
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000218-165