Dr. Garcia was instrumental in organizing Viva Kennedy clubs that supported the candidacy of John F. Kennedy. He later led Viva Johnson clubs that backed Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964.
Kennedy poses with Dr. Garcia and other leaders of Viva Kennedy clubs. The clubs helped Kennedy win 85 percent of the national Latino vote in the 1960 presidential election.
In this letter, a member of Kennedy’s campaign team thanks Dr. Garcia for all of his work on behalf of the 1960 Kennedy-Johnson ticket.
In this official statement, Dr. Garcia urges Mexican Americans to vote for President Johnson, citing Johnson’s commitment to fighting poverty.
In a 1972 meeting at the Corpus Christi airport, Dr. Garcia and vice presidential candidate Sargent Shriver discuss the problems facing Mexican Americans.
Dr. Garcia’s involvement in presidential campaigns continued into the 1990s. Here, he shakes hands with candidate Bill Clinton.
By 1960, Dr. Garcia had proven his ability to get voters to the polls. He began to focus on the other side of the political equation—electing candidates who promoted civil rights. He coordinated Mexican American support for several presidential candidates, including John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. By creating strong coalitions, Dr. Garcia helped to ensure that politicians fulfilled their campaign promises to Latino voters.