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  • The death of Longoria tore a Texas town apart and sparked a civil rights movement.

    The death of Longoria tore a Texas town apart and sparked a civil rights movement.

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  • In 1940s Three Rivers, segregation extended from town to cemetery.

    In 1940s Three Rivers, segregation extended from town to cemetery.

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  • Felix Longoria

    Felix Longoria

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  • Hector Garcia circa 1950 organizing

    Hector Garcia circa 1950 organizing

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  • Hector Garcia circa early 1960s

    Hector Garcia circa early 1960s

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  • Lyndon Johnson and Hector Garcia early 1960s

    Lyndon Johnson and Hector Garcia early 1960s

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  • Hector Garcia in front of his medical clinic

    Hector Garcia in front of his medical clinic

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  • Producer/Director John J. Valadez

    Producer/Director John J. Valadez

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The Film

The Longoria Affair tells the story of one key injustice – the refusal, by a small-town funeral home in Texas after World War II, to care for a dead Mexican American soldier’s body “because the whites wouldn’t like it” – and shows how the incident sparked outrage nationwide. Two stubborn and savvy leaders, newly-elected Senator Lyndon Johnson and veteran/activist Dr. Hector Garcia, formed an alliance over the incident. Over the next 15 years, their complex, sometimes contentious relationship would help Latinos become a national political force for the first time in American history, carry John Kennedy to the White House, and ultimately lead to Johnson’s signature on the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The Filmmaker

  1. John J. ValadezProducer/Director