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Document Details


Title: Martinez, George
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 his family history and genealogy. He describes his memories of race discrimination practices by white Catholic teachers, coaches, and military personnel. Martínez relates the reasons he decided to attend law school, and he talks about his political activism when a law student. He gives details about his involvement with the Economy Furniture Strike and the Vietnam War protest. Martínez elaborates upon his duties and activities as a municipal court judge and as a state district judge. He tells about his role with lawsuits involving single member districts, Dallas school desegregation, and Tarrant County redistricting. Martínez also describes his duties and accomplishments as a Texas state circuit judge for child custody and child support issues. He gives details about the management and financing of his election campaigns. Martínez summarizes the evolution of the Mexican American Democrats (MAD) and talks about his involvement. He elaborates upon the political problems within the MAD membership and provides insight into how those conflicts led to the breakup of MAD and the formation of the Tejano Democrats organization. Martínez also discusses the problems of the Raza Unida Party that he saw as inherent from its inception. He concludes the interview by stating his opinion that the most important issue for the Mexican American community is the need to continue fighting for the elimination of race discrimination practices in economic opportunity, education, and employment.
Extent: 85 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_121.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1997 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Martinez, George, 1944-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 11-Sep-1944
Age at speaking: 53
Document location: Dallas, TX
Document date: 24-Aug-1997
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: La Raza Unida Party, Crystal City, TX; Mexican American Democrats of Texas; Tejano Democrats
Locations discussed: Austin, TX; Dallas, TX; North America; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Austin, TX; Community; Criminal justice, Administration of--United States; Dallas, TX; Education; Education, Higher; Hispanic American leadership--Texas; Hispanic Americans--Texas; Judges; Judges--Election; La Raza Unida Party, Crystal City, TX; Mexican American Democrats of Texas; North America; Oral history; Political activists; Public schools; Racism; School integration; Student movements; Tejano Democrats; Texas; United States
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000220-167