The Center for Mexican American Studies presents a screening and panel discussion of the documentary "The Longoria Affair."
"The Longoria Affair" tells the story of one key injustice – the refusal, by a small-town funeral home in Texas after World War II, to care for a dead Mexican American soldier’s body “because the whites wouldn’t like it” – and shows how the incident sparked outrage nationwide. Two stubborn and savvy leaders, newly-elected Senator Lyndon Johnson and veteran/activist Dr. Hector Garcia, formed an alliance over the incident. Over the next 15 years, their complex, sometimes contentious relationship would help Latinos become a national political force for the first time in American history, carry John Kennedy to the White House, and ultimately lead to Johnson’s signature on the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The discussiohn panel will feature John J. Valadez, writer, director and producer of "The Longoria Affair;" José E. Limón, professor of English, American Studies and Anthropology; Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, professor of journalism; Emilio Zamora, professor of history; and Wanda Garcia, daughter of Hector P. Garcia.