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Frontera: Male Activists & Civic Leaders

Centralized guide to all EPCC's local history publications, videos and guides and sources for local history topics

Activism - Men

See also Social Service Organizations

Aguirre, Lauro newspaper editor and revolutionary

Aguilar, Jose  longtime anti-poverty activist /Project BRAVO and MACHOS  see Civil Rights

Armendariz, Albert Sr.    civil rights attorney and a founder of MALDEF.  See Lawyers and Law Enforcement

Corona, Bert famous activist for undocumented workers. 

ALSO check vertical file at the Border Heritage Center, Main Library downtown El Paso.

De La O, Jesús “Chuy,” 74 a fixture in El Paso politics, champion of poor and elderly.  See Men in Politics

Duarte, Pete activist, hospital administrator and advocate for the poor

Fryer, William Henry 1880-1963 fought against speakeasies and more.  See Lawyers and Law Enforcement

Hernandez, Francisco "Kiko" Activist/advocate for the poor died at 92 in 1999. Obit: El Paso Times Dec 1, 1999  

Morales, Freddy.  Local historian, community activist

Magonistas/ Flores Magon brothers  (Ricardo and Enrique)  anarchists, social revolutionaries

Moreno, Art and Mary Lou co-founders of PFLAG  (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and active in the Border AIDS Project. see Women Activists under Moreno

Ochoa, Victor Leaton  inventor, revolutionary, newspaper editor

Ponce, Mary and Ernest  2015 El Paso Historical Society Hall of Honor Nominees. Entrepreneurs, civic leaders, philanthopists

Ramirez, Salvador Chicano activist

Silex, Humberto, famous labor organizer with ASARCO 

  • "Humberto Silex: CIO Organizer from Nicaragua," in Southwest Economy & Society (Fall 1978)  p. 3-20.  Rachel has a copy of this article at the Reference Desk in her tray.  Please ask student to photo copy it and return it to desk. 
  • Check vertical files at the Border Heritage Center, Main Library downtown El Paso. 
  • Search these words:  humberto silex labor in box below to search the Ebsco Discovery Service database on library home page.  You will find mentions of him in various books most of which are full text. 
  • Humberto Silex interview with Ray Caballero -- Ask at UTEP Library Special Collections for the file that is in Claudia Rivers' office.  This interview is NOT online.   While you're at Special Collections there may be  a little bit of material in the El Paso Herald-Post historical people files. (MS 348)

Washington, L.W. founder of El Paso NAACP

  • Worked with Immigration and Naturalization Service, assigned to El Paso office 1910. 
  • Co-founded NAACP branch in El Paso.
  • Search for historical newspaper articles in link below.
  • Check vertical files at the Border Heritage Center, Main Library downtown El Paso.  Search for files on NAACP, African Americans, and Washington, L.W.

Research tips

Note details that might seem insignificant at first glance, in case one finds other information later.

Women's information is often found through researching the men in their lives (i.e. husband, fathers, etc.) so the notes here might only state that Mrs. X was married to Mr. X who was important for some reason, but in researching him, there might be information about his wife found later.

Research full text of local newspaper articles back to 1881 in this database available to EPCC users and in person in EPCC Libraries: 

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