Poster Attencion Veteranos!
From the beginning, Dr. Garcia was outraged by the discrimination
against Mexican-Americans and was compelled to action. This poster from
December 30, 1948 invited veterans to come hear Dr. Garcia and other local
leaders discuss the problems of segregated schools in Taft, Texas.
G. I. Forum
Dr. Garcia organized the American G.I. Forum (1948) initially to improve
veteran benefits and enhance medical attention. But it soon expanded to
address educational and vocational training, housing, public education,
poll taxation, voter registration, hospitalization and employment. Today
the American G. I. Forum has nearly 160,000 members in 502 chapters in
Letter from Garcia "To all Pres. Of Forum, Auxiliaries
and Jr. G.I. Forum"
An example of the many letters by Dr. Garcia to exhort G. I. Forum
members to write their political leaders. Dr. Garcia was a strong
proponent of education. He is most often quoted for his statement on education:
"Education is our freedom, and freedom is everybody’s business."