In this letter to President Kennedy, Dr. Garcia advises him to appoint more Mexican Americans to government positions, mentioning AGIF leader Vicente Ximenes in particular.
In 1961, President Kennedy appointed Dr. Garcia to a delegation that attended a treaty signing with the West Indies. In this photograph Kennedy meets with the delegates in the Oval Office.
Dr. Garcia (left), President Johnson, and AGIF chairmen Augustin Flores and Corky Gonzales pose for a photograph outside the White House.
This newspaper article recounts a 1966 meeting between President Johnson and top Latino leaders, including Dr. Garcia, who called the meeting “a great success.”
In 1977, President Jimmy Carter appointed Dr. Garcia to a panel charged with selecting a judge for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Louisiana.
President Ronald Reagan is pictured here with Dr. Garcia at the 1983 AGIF convention in El Paso.
Many U.S. presidents looked to Dr. Garcia as a trusted advisor and welcomed his viewpoints and advice. He developed especially close relationships with John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, with whom he shared his vision of equality for Mexican Americans. This position of trust led to several high-profile appointments that gave Dr. Garcia the opportunity to spread his message even further.