Olivas discusses incident that sparked civil rights movement in PBS Latino series  

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Michael OlivasSept. 17, 2013 – University of Houston Law Center Professor Michael A. Olivas is among nearly 100 prominent Latinos interviewed for a six-hour documentary tracing 500 years of cultural history in the PBS series “Latino Americans.”

The series premieres on KUHT – Channel 8 at 7 tonight with Olivas’ interview scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. in the segment titled: “War and Peace/The New Latinos.”

Olivas focuses on the story of Macario Garcia, a Congressional Medal of Honor winner in 1945 for his heroics in WW II who was denied service in a café in Richmond, Texas, just days after being decorated by President Harry S Truman.  The violent incident and subsequent publicity and lawsuit proved pivotal in the budding civil rights movement a decade before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus.

The segment repeats Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 28 at 8:00 p.m.

Olivas, the William B. Bates Distinguished Chair of Law, frequently writes on immigration, education, and civil rights issues. His article, “The ‘Trial of the Century’ that Never Was: Staff Sgt. Macario Garcia, The Congressional Medal of Honor, and the Oasis Café,” was published in the Indiana Law Journal in 2008.

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