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Document Details


Title: Molina, Henry
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: Molina discusses his early life, family origins, family genealogy, public school experiences, educational endeavors as a student at San Antonio College, and his memories of racial discrimination against Mexican Americans in the public schools and political life. The interview also covers Molina's political activities in Texas, including his run for County Judge in Karnes County, Texas; campaigning for Henry Cisneros; and Molina's appointment as Deputy Executive Director of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations. Molina recalls his service in the military reserves, his family, career experiences in finance and sales, in the business world as a public relations manager for major corporations, as a business entrepreneur establishing his own finance company and public relations firm, and as a television weatherman/reporter. He discusses the roles of the Democratic and Republican parties in helping Hispanics organize politically in Texas, and his thoughts on the accomplishments and shortcomings of notable Hispanic leaders in Texas such as Albert Bustamante, Henry B. González, Henry Bonilla, Henry Cisneros, Judy Zaffirini and Pepe Martin. Molina gives his opinion about the positives and negatives of La Raza Unida Party, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) as effective Hispanic political organizations in Texas, and the roles that poor communications and lack of money play in hindering organizational unity among Hispanics in Texas politics.
Extent: 80 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_014.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1997 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Molina, Henry
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker place of birth: Hobson, TX; Texas; United States; North America
Document location: San Antonio, TX
Document date: 12-Apr-1997
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: Democratic Party, US; La Raza Unida Party, Crystal City, TX; League of United Latin American Citizens, Corpus Christi, TX; Republican Party, US
Locations discussed: Hobson, TX; Karnes City, TX; North America; San Antonio, TX; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Democratic Party, US; Education; Hispanic American business enterprises; Hispanic American families; Hispanic American leadership--Texas; Hispanic American politicians; Hobson, TX; Karnes City, TX; La Raza Unida Party, Crystal City, TX; League of United Latin American Citizens, Corpus Christi, TX; Military service, Voluntary; North America; Oral history; Public schools; Racism; Republican Party, US; San Antonio, TX; Texas; Texas--Politics and government; United States
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000224-170