Pacific to Preview "The Longoria Affair"
The University of the Pacific, the Pacific Legal Latino Community organization, the American GI Forum (Alejandro Ruiz Chapter of Sacramento) and McGeorge School of Law invite the public to preview THE LONGORIA AFFAIR documentary. The event is free and open to the public.
The film will be shown in the Library Community Room at the University of Pacific, 3601 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA. The documentary will be shown Friday, November 5, 2010, at 12:30 (noon) Mr. John Valadez, the writer, director and producer of The Longoria Affair, will be present for introductory remarks and will participate in a panel discussion after the viewing of the film. A short reception will follow. Seating is limited on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Longoria Affair airs nationally on television on PBS on November 9, 2010.
The film documents the incident involving Private First Class Felix Longoria, a Mexican-American soldier who was killed in combat in the Philippines during World War II on June 16, 1945. The only funeral home in his hometown of Three Rivers, Texas, refused to hold a wake for his remains because he was Mexican and "the Whites would not like it." For more information on the film, log on to www.TheLongoriaAffair.com.
The incident sparked a Mexican-American civil rights movement and was the foundation upon which Dr. Hector P. Garcia, a WWII veteran, founded the American GI Forum. The GI Forum is a congressionally-chartered, national veterans and civil rights organization. Through the intervention of then Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, Longoria's body was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery in the nation's capitol.