BOOK SIGNING: Cecilia Garcia Akers "The Inspiring Life of Dr. Hector P. Garcia"

Peacock Auditorium, Texas A&M University-Kingsville - 04/20/16 - 04/20/16

Contact: Adriana Garza-Flores
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4979


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Mexican American civil rights pioneer Dr. Hector P. Garcia is remembered as a tireless champion for equal rights, education and voting rights. In 1948 Garcia, a World War II veteran, founded the American G.I. Forum—a group aimed at promoting veterans’ rights. His role in the American civil rights movement resulted in important victories in Texas and beyond. While leading the civil rights struggle, Garcia also served as a medical doctor in Corpus Christi, providing much-needed medical care to the most in need.

Garcia’s daughter Cecilia Garcia Akers shares her memories of Garcia and discusses his legacy in her new book The Inspiring Life of Dr. Hector P. Garcia. Akers will sign copies of her book during a Meet the Author event at 2 p.m. at the Texas A&M University-Kingsville University Bookstore located in the Memorial Student Union Building. Akers will discuss her father's legacy and her book during a lecture at 7 p.m. in Peacock Auditorium.