Edgar Lozano Video Interview

by: Chuy Ramirez
Posted: May 26. 2021
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Interview Date: May 23, 2021

In May, 1968, a group of high school juniors at Lanier High School (San Antonio, Texas) joined to support one of their own whom they believed had been unjustly expelled from school.  Mario Garcia, a student council officer, had engaged in a spirited debate with the student council sponsor, and his conduct apparently was unacceptable.  More than fifty years later, the events surrounding the student’s expulsion and the evolution of the student action into  a list of grievances regarding school conditions are still vivid in Edgar Lozano’s memory.  Lozano talks about the pathetic quality of education at Lanier and other public schools attended primarily by Mexican Americans.  He contends that significant changes occurred as a result of the students’ actions.

In prior editions of IberoAztlan, we have covered similar student actions at Edgewood in San Antonio and in Uvalde.  Sadly, in Uvalde, students were sacrificed for their political actions (see prior edition article by Alfredo Santos and his interview).

Lozano is undoubtedly proud of the students’ efforts to improve their schools.  His interview is one of several  projects involving Mexican American education.  Consider the interviews of Juanita Cox and Rebeccas Flores, who also touch segregated schools in the 1950s and 60s.

Chuy Ramirez is an attorney practicing law in the Rio Grande Valley since 1983, and dabbles in writing.

Viva Chihuahua! Sustainability in a Desert Landscape

4:00 p.m., MST June 19, Broadcast from the Art and Ecology Laboratory, La Union

The Chihuahuan Desert straddles the border to cover more than 200,000 square miles of terrain across 8 states and is considered to be the most biologically diverse desert in the world as measured by the variety of species and endemic plants. Its relevance and impact to the culture and traditions of its human inhabitants is intertwined with their survival in this distinct landscape. Our program guests include sustainability activist, Kevin Bixby of the Southwest Environmental Center; landscape architect, David Christiani; historian, Anthony Mora, Ph.D. and artists Antonio Castro and Romy Hawkins.

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