Library’S Hispanic Heritage Month Online Event Recognizes Notable Hispanic Political Leaders Of Texas

Dr. Natalie Garza

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15, Fort Bend County Libraries will host an online presentation of “Famous Hispanic Political Leaders of Texas” on Tuesday, October 12, beginning at 3:00 pm. The program will be live-streamed via Webex, so that it can be viewed from home.

Dr. Natalie Garza, a professor of U.S. History and Mexican American Studies at Houston Community College, will talk about Tejano political participation and influence following Texas Independence in 1836 to the Civil War era.

In 19th-century Texas, the political power held by Latinos was significant in comparison to other territories in the southwest region of the United States, but it was also limited. Using examples of prominent political figures such as Juan Seguin, Lorenzo de Zavala, and Jose Navarro, Dr. Garza will talk about the historical and geographic challenges of Tejano political leadership during that period, as well as the successes they achieved.

A professor of humanities at Houston Community College, Dr. Garza has a doctorate degree in history, with a focus on Latin American and Mexican American history.

For those who are unable to participate in the live Webex session, the presentation will be recorded, and a link to the recording will be made available on the FBCL website and YouTube channel.

The program is free and open to the public. Registration is required. A link to view the presentation online will be emailed to all participants who register. To register online at the library’s website (, click on “Classes & Events,” select “Virtual Programs,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library system’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.