Cecilia Garcia Akers
The Inspiring Life of Texan Héctor P. Garcia
Saturday, April 9th 2016
About Cecilia Garcia Akers: Cecilia García Akers is the middle daughter of Dr. Héctor P. and Wanda F. García. Cecilia is the founding member of the Dr. Héctor P. García Memorial Foundation and serves as its board president/chairman. She has written editorials for the Corpus Christi Caller Times and the Waco Tribune regarding the legacy of her father, Dr. Héctor P. García. Cecilia is married to Jimmy Akers and resides in San Antonio, Texas.
About The Inspiring Life of Texan Hector P. Garcia: As a Mexican immigrant, Dr. Héctor P. García endured discrimination at every stage of his life. He attended segregated schools and was the only Mexican to graduate from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, in 1940. García’s passion for helping others pushed him to advocate for equal rights. After serving in World War II, the doctor worked to help minorities achieve greater access to healthcare, voting rights and education. He started a private practice in Corpus Christi and in 1948 founded the American GI Forum. Cecilia García Akers shares a daughter’s perspective on her father’s remarkable achievements and sacrifices as an activist and physician.