Garza, Tomas 1998-08-18

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Tomas Garza discusses his life and career as an attorney.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Tomas Garza

Additional Parties Recorded:

Date: August 18, 1998

Location: Austin, Texas

Interviewer: Daniel Sanchez

Length: 1 hour, 40 minutes


Abstract

Tape 1: Garza Tomas, b. May 23 1944 in Dimmit County Texas, Parents, Occupations, Father, Farmer, Owned service station, Money, Siblings, Service station (again), Father (again), Education, Father’s siblings, Lawyer, Siblings (again), Father (again), Contract farmer, Vegetables, Cotton, Service station (again), Graduated from high school in 1962, College 1962, Texas Tech University, 50 Hispanic students at the time, Classmates, United States Army 1969, Served two years, Law School 1972 – 1975, George Washington University: Washington, D. C., Classmates, Dimmitt Texas, High school, Social acceptance, Education (again), Higher education for Hispanics, Discrimination, Socializing, Married in 1967, Texas Tech University (again), Fighting for scholarship with friends, Study habits, Law School (again), Had two children at the time, Class president, Owned law practice since 1977, Single-member district law suit, Reverend Roy Jones vs. Lubbock Texas, Importance, Judge Hal Woodward, Reasons for the lawsuit, Politics, Ran for city council, Minority voters.

Tape 2: Garza Tomas, b. May 23 1944 in Dimmit County Texas, Parents, Occupations, Father, Farmer, Money, Siblings, Service station (again), Father (again), Education, Father’s siblings, Lawyer, Siblings (again), Father (again), Contract farmer, Vegetables, Cotton, Service station (again), Graduated from high school in 1962, College 1962, Texas Tech University, 50 Hispanic students at the time, Classmates, United States Army 1969, Served two years, Law School 1972 – 1975, George Washington University: Washington, D. C. Classmates, Dimmitt Texas, High school, Social acceptance, Education (again), Higher education for Hispanics, Discrimination, Socializing, Married in 1967, Texas Tech University (again), Fighting for scholarship with friends, Study habits, Law School (again), Had two children at the time, Class president, Owned law practice since 1977, Single-member district law suit, Reverend Roy Jones vs. Lubbock Texas, rtance, Judge Hal Woodward, Reasons for the lawsuit, Politics, Ran for city council, Minority voters, Schools, Building conditions, Teachers, Other law suits, Against the city of Lubbock Texas, Against the Lubbock Independent School Board, Lubbock, Texas (again), "White Flight", 1970 Tornado, Guadalupe neighborhood, Overton neighborhood, Minority students, Hopwood decision, Problems, Lubbock Texas (again), Lack of unity, Garza Tomas (again), Lawyers, Divorced in 1988, Spending time with children, Difficulties, Austin Texas, Lubbock Texas (again), Helping the community, Obtaining clients/business , [ends after 10 minutes].

Range Dates: 1944-1998

Bulk Dates: 1962-1998


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