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Document Details


Title: Medrano, Francisco
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: Medrano talks about his family history and genealogy. He tells about incidences of race discrimination practices in restaurants, theaters, and public parks. He describes poor living conditions that his family endured during the time he was growing up and he talks about the difficulties with lifting his family out of poverty just to get basic housing necessities. He talks about his employment with North American Aviation in Grand Prairie, and how he got involved in boxing and eventually became a professional. He explains that he became interested in union work after North American Aviation fired him for becoming a professional boxer. Medrano details his lifetime activities as a union organizer helping Mexican Americans and other minorities organize at various levels to establish their civil rights. He also tells about his involvement with major civil rights protests during the 1960's and 1970's. He tells about his role in helping to organize LULAC, the Raza Unida Party, and the American G.I. Forum. Medrano gives details on the abuse of Mexican American prisoners' civil rights by law enforcement in Texas, and he describes the atrocious jail conditions these prisoners endured. He tells about serious physical abuse dealt to Mexican Americans by the Texas Rangers, and he gives details about his personal lawsuit against Ranger Captain Y. A. Allee in which Allee was convicted of perjury. Medrano states that the most important issue for Mexican Americans is to register and vote.
Extent: 152 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_037.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1996 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Medrano, Francisco, 1920-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 2-Oct-1920
Speaker place of birth: Dallas, TX; Texas; United States; North America
Age at speaking: 76
Document location: Dallas, TX
Document date: 27-Jun-1996
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: La Raza Unida Party, Crystal City, TX; League of United Latin American Citizens, Corpus Christi, TX; Texas Rangers
Locations discussed: Dallas, TX; Grand Prairie, TX; North America; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Boxing; Civil rights; Civil rights movements--United States; Dallas, TX; Family; Family--History; Grand Prairie, TX; Hispanic American families; Hispanic Americans--Texas; La Raza Unida Party, Crystal City, TX; Labor unions--Organizing; League of United Latin American Citizens, Corpus Christi, TX; North America; Oral history; Political activists; Poverty; Racism; Texas; Texas Rangers; United States; Voting
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000221-168