Daughter of late Texan presents book about her father’s legacy

EDINBURG - The Museum of South Texas History (“MOSTHistory”) welcomes Cecilia García-Akers, the daughter of Dr. Héctor P. García, who will present “The Inspiring Life of Texan Héctor P. García” Sunday July 10 starting at 2 p.m. in the Courtyard Gallery.

Dr. Héctor P. García, a Mercedes native, earned undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Texas in Austin. García also served with distinction in the Army during World War II. After the war, Dr. García opened a medical practice in Corpus Christi where he witnessed the struggles of veterans and migrant workers, which inspired him to lifetime commitment in social reform.

In 1948, Dr. García founded the American GI Forum, which organized veterans to fight for benefits and also against poll taxes and school segregation. García also sought the inclusion of Mexican-Americans into mainstream America, which eventually was recognized when he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Reagan in 1984. García was the first Mexican-American to ever be awarded the nation’s highest civilian award.

Cecilia García-Akers, the founding member and Board President of the Dr. Hector P. García Memorial Foundation, is committed to preserving and educating the community about the legacy of Dr. Héctor P. García. García-Akers held her first job as a medical assistant to her father, the late Dr. Héctor P. García, for 10 years prior to completing her physical therapy curriculum. She currently serves on the J.A. Gonzales Education is Our Freedom Foundation Board and the Incarnate Word Academy Board of Directors.

Following the presentation, guests can purchase a copy of “The Inspiring Life of Texan Héctor P. García” at the Museum Store, to which García-Akers will be pleased to add her personalized autograph. Sunday Speaker Series is included in the fee for regular admission. FRIENDs of the Museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship.

This program is made possible with generous support from the Carmen C. Guerra Endowment. Mrs. Guerra was deeply committed to supporting educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley. This named endowment was created at the museum by her family to honor her memory and to continue her commitment to providing opportunities for education to the community.