Dr. Garcia was a crusader for education even before he founded the AGIF. In this 1947 document, he speaks passionately about the importance of education.
This AGIF flyer advertises a rally to address the fact that over 110,000 Latino children in Texas were not enrolled in school.
After the AGIF helped put an end to discrimination at their Texas high school, two members of the Junior GI Forum sent this letter of thanks to Dr. Garcia.
In 1972, Dr. Garcia was arrested after he refused to vacate a school where he was staging a sit-in to protest segregation.
A large group of students and parents participate in a 1972 school segregation protest led by Dr. Garcia.
In this audio recording, Dr. Garcia accepts an award from the National Hispanic University, speaking at length on the importance of education.
The AGIF motto reflects one of Dr. Garcia’s deeply held beliefs: “Education is our freedom and freedom should be everybody’s business.” Dr. Garcia worked to ensure that all children had equal access to a quality education. He led campaigns encouraging migrant workers to enroll their children in school, promoted school health inspections, and championed legal battles to end school segregation.