Montoya, Paula Kay 1998-07-21

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Paula Kay Montoya discusses her life and career and the hardships she has overcome. She also talks about the political situation in Lubbock, Texas.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Paula Kay Montoya

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: July 21, 1998

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Daniel Sanchez

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1: Montoya, Paula Kay, b. in Raton, New Mexico on May 29, 1958, parents: Bernardo and Paula Montoya, father: deputy superintendent for juvenile corrections for New Mexico, mother: waitress, siblings – 3 brothers, childhood, traditional Hispanic childhood, close-knit family, parents were children raising children, education, grew up in a small town, had economic divisions, not racial divisions, encouraged to receive an education and to work hard, parents (again), regrets – that they didn’t teach their children to speak Spanish, activities, high school, organized the debate team, West Texas State University, Graduates, Atmosphere, Differences between Amarillo and Lubbock, Texas, Economic divisions, Racial divisions, Racial divisions in Lubbock, Texas, Herrera, Gilbert, South Plains Association of Governments, Programs, Rewards, Began her own insurance business, State Farm Insurance, Set her up for failure, Banks in Lubbock, Texas, Discrimination, State Farm Insurance (again), Changes within the company, Due to class action lawsuits, Banks (again), Mergers, Corporate positions for Hispanics, Merger of St. Mary’s and Methodist Hospitals, Achievements, Political roles, Politics in Lubbock, Texas, Concerns, Sheriff’s race, Politics in Lubbock, Texas (continued), Hernandez, Victor, Opinions, Patterson, T. J., Opinions, Lubbock Independent School District, Bias in the schools, Higher Education for minorities, Supportive programs, Local programs, TAAS tutoring program, Texas Tech Programs, Small business in Lubbock, Texas, Politics (again), Destroy small businesses, Design incentives for large businesses, Sitton, Windy, Opinions, Donations, Langston, David, Opinions, Hispanics in businesses, Problems, Support of one another, Civil Rights issue, Judicial system in Lubbock, Texas, Corrupt, Texas Tech University, Fraternities, Athletes, Drunk driving cases, U. S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Washington D. C.

Range Dates: 1958 – 1998

Bulk Dates: 1980s – 1998

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