Narvaiz, Robert 2002-10-09

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Roberto Narvais discusses discrimination in Lubbock throughout the 1950’s and 60’s and the challenges face by Hispanics as well as his experience in the Marines.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Robert Narvaiz

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: October 9, 2002

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Adrian Cimental

Length: 49 minutes


Tape 1: Names the various towns he and his family migrated to for work; Compares education in Texas to that of California; Discriminatory attitude in Lubbock toward African-Americans and Hispanics; Mentions Avenue H as dividing point; Compares nondiscriminatory attitude of Lorenzo to Lubbock; Recalls agricultural work as the only kind of work Hispanics were hired for; Explains the reason why he joined the military; Buddy system; Describes the postwar sentiment among returning Hispanic soldiers and veterans; Discuses his training, and military life; Recalls a nondiscriminatory attitude while in the service; Agricultural work his parents did; Mentions wages; Reveals feelings of regret for not staying in the Marines to make it a career; Explains his final position, rank, and responsibilities within the Marines; Mentions wages; Shares a military story regarding his work as upper sergeant; Life after the service; Job at a produce company; Mentions wages; Got married in June, 1962; Discriminatory attitude still existed but had become less overt; Gradual impact of Civil Rights Act on Lubbock; Discusses Cesar Chavez and the impact of his movement on Lubbock; Attitude toward Kennedy; Recalls his assassination and the disappointed sentiment afterward; Further discussion of Cesar Chávez; Recalls his involvement in a protest in Colorado City; The reasons for the lessened discriminatory attitude; LULAC and other organization; Discusses the changed attitude toward Hispanics and Hispanic culture; Expresses his anger toward a tortilla throwing tradition at Texas Tech football games; Discusses importance of a college education.

Range Dates: 1937–1998

Bulk Dates: 1947–1998

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