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Document Details


Title: Valdez, Manuel
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: Valdez tells about his educational experiences as a youth in the Fort Worth, Texas, public schools and his education at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), where he earned his undergraduate degree in criminal justice. He gives reasons he decided to go into the military and he talks about his experiences in the Vietnam conflict. Valdez describes his student political activity as a member and president of the Association of Mexican American Students (AMAS) organization while attending UTA. He elaborates upon his experiences in organizing barrio youth group activities in Fort Worth as director of Fort Worth's recreation centers. Valdez describes the financial and political difficulties in keeping the barrio youth centers open, and he credits AMAS volunteers with helping to staff and run the tutoring programs. He also credits the Community Action Agency with assuring the funding for the barrio youth programs, and the barrio students for their tireless efforts in lobbying the Fort Worth City Council to allow the centers to remain operational. Valdez concludes the interview by relating the circumstances surrounding his decision to seek elective office as a justice of the peace, and he gives details on how his political campaigns were financed and managed.
Extent: 56 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_058.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1997 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Valdez, Manuel
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker place of birth: San Antonio, TX; Texas; United States; North America
Speaker occupation: Lawyer
Document location: Tarrant County, TX
Document date: 02-Nov-1997
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: University of Texas, Arlington, TX
Locations discussed: Arlington, TX; North America; Tarrant County, TX; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Arlington, TX; Community; Community organization; Education; Education, Higher; Hispanic American politicians; Hispanic American youth; Judges; Judges--Election; Military service, Voluntary; North America; Oral history; Political activists; Political campaigns--Texas; Public schools; Recreation--Texas; Student government; Tarrant County, TX; Texas; United States; University of Texas, Arlington, TX; Voluntarism
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000256-201