ANDERSON, Gloria Villanueva (b. 1935)

Profession: Community Activist

Oral Histories

Community activist. Her experiences as an activist in the Mexican-American community of Denton, Texas; family background; comments about the lack of discrimination against Hispanics in Denton; her education in the Denton schools; her first experience with discrimination at the train station in Denison, Texas, at age seventeen; her acceptance to the work-scholarship program of the FBI, 1952; her family’s assimilation in the Anglo culture; early Hispanic families in Denton; opening of her telephone answering exchange business, 1972; her turn toward Republican politics; appointment to the North Texas Hispanic Advisory Board by Senator John Tower, 1970; her appointment to the Texas Small Business Task Force by Governor William Clements; her appointment to the White House Conference on Small Business by President Jimmy Carter; her activities with the Mexican-American Republicans of Texas; her appointment as Regional Advocate for the Small Business Administration by President Ronald Reagan; her activities with George H.W. Bush’s Texas Statewide Hispanic Campaign; other miscellaneous activities for the Republican Party in Texas.
Date of Interview: April 19, 2004

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