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Collin College To Host “The Longoria Affair” Screening On Feb. 16

Feb. 7, 2011 – Collin College is scheduled to host a screening of the PBS Independent Lens documentary “The Longoria Affair” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 16 in the Living Legends Conference Center on the Spring Creek Campus in Plano.

Filmmaker John J. Valadez will be on hand to discuss his film and answer questions. The event is free and open to the public.

The Longoria Affair is about the nationwide outrage after World War II when a small-town funeral home in Texas refused to care for a dead Mexican-American soldier’s body because the “whites” would not like it.

Over 15 years, newly-elected Senator Lyndon Johnson and Dr. Hector Garcia, a veteran and activist, formed an alliance over the incident.

During this time, their complex, sometimes contentious relationship helped Latinos become a national political force for the first time in American History, help Jon Kennedy get into the White House, and ultimately lead to Johnson’s signature on the most important civil rights legislation of the 20th century.

To learn more about this film, visit or For more information about the screening, contact Dr. Lisa Roy-Davis, professor of English at Collin College, at 972.578.5511

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