Herrera, Gilbert 1998-05-21

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Gilbert Herrera, minister and former Lubbock County Jail Chaplain, discusses his life and the hardships he has overcome. He also talks about the future of the Hispanic culture.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Gilbert Herrera

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Date: May 21, 1998

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Daniel Sanchez

Length: 40 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: [background noise through entire tape], Gilbert Herrera, Born in Lubbock Texas (1947), Parents, Siblings, Childhood, Poor but didn’t know it, Hispanic traditions, Cinco de Mayo, Language, Education, Walked to school, Government control was nonexistent, Opinions of today’s educational system, Neighborhood, Small stores, Forced to close because of large stores, Restaurants, Traditional Mexican food, Father (again), Died when Gilbert was an infant, First Hispanic police officer on the Lubbock, police force, Killed in a shooting, Lubbock Police Department’s recognition, Later than it should have been, Mother (again), Sole caregiver, Odd jobs she had to take care of her family, Died in 1971, Served 2 to 3 years in prison, Brown Berets, Hispanic militant group, Description, Fought discrimination, Politics, Involvement, Received a full pardon, Brown Berets (again), Events they held in Lubbock, Chaplain, Community involvement, Fought to separate church and state (1985), Fighting against racism and discrimination, Hispanic political leaders, Nationwide.

Tape 1, Side 2: Future of the Hispanic culture, Changes that need to be made, Government, Education, Hispanics on television, Alcohol, Getting teenagers involved in society, Voting, [ends after 10 minutes].

Range Dates: 1947-1998

Bulk Dates: 1947-1998

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