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Document Details


Title: Salazar, Steve
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: Salazar recalls his family history and genealogy and he describes the poor living conditions his family endured while growing up in West Dallas. He talks about being the youngest person to earn a law degree from the University of Houston School of Law at the age of twenty-three, and going to work as a law clerk for Dallas attorneys, Domingo García and Roberto Alonzo. Salazar elaborates upon his election to the Dallas City Council and he describes city council politics. He tells what his priorities were as council member with respect to improving the status of Mexican Americans in key levels of government administrative positions. Salazar tells about being the first Mexican American elected to the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) Board of Trustees. He discusses his work as a College Board trustee and describes the politics involved. He also tells about his efforts to get more Mexican Americans on the American Association of Community College Board of Trustees. Salazar comments on his involvement with lawsuits against the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) over the District's lack of compliance with Affirmative Action mandates. He also describes his work with the Texas Association of Chicanos on Higher Education (TACHE). He analyses the conflict that developed between Roberto Alonzo and Domingo García that led to the breakup of their law partnership and political association. Salazar concludes the interview by giving his opinion on Domingo García's character and the reasons he feels that Garcia is a poor representative of Mexican American interests.
Extent: 155 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_102.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1997 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Salazar, Steve
Speaker gender: Male
Document location: Dallas, TX
Document date: 25-Nov-1997
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: University of Houston, Houston, TX; University of Texas, Arlington, TX
Locations discussed: Dallas, TX; North America; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: City council members--Texas; Dallas, TX; Degrees, Academic; Education; Education, Higher; Hispanic American families; Hispanic American leadership--Texas; Law; North America; Oral history; Political campaigns--Texas; Political science; Poverty; Texas; United States; University of Houston, Houston, TX; University of Texas, Arlington, TX
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000245-190