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IWA alumna Garcia-Akers visits school for book signing

Author Cecilia Garcia-Akers, Incarnate Word Academy alumna and daughter of renowned Mexican-American civil rights leader Dr. Hector P. Garcia, spoke to first through fifth grade students Feb. 2 at the James R. Dougherty, Jr. Center about her new book “The Inspiring Life of Texan Hector P. Garcia.”

Garcia-Akers’ book, which chronicles her father’s journey to America, discusses Dr. Garcia’s struggles being a Latino in the U.S. Army, the difficulty he had obtaining his medical license, and his devotion toward bringing better health care and education to veterans and students for over 50 years.

After discussing her father and the role he played in American history, Garcia-Akers took questions from curious students who inquired how long it took the author to write the book, what lessons she learned from her father, and if she has any immediate plans to write another book.

“I think the children [at IWA] are so disciplined,” she said. “They work so hard and they study so hard and that’s very, very important. Now they’re learning about a very important person that they can follow and emulate and want to be just like him.”

Incarnate Word Academy alumna Cecilia Garcia-Akers told students about her new book about her father, “The Inspiring Life of Texan Hector P. Garcia, ” and answered questions on Feb. 2.


Garcia-Akers, daughter of Mexican-American civil rights leader Dr. Hector P. Garcia, speaks to elementary students.

Garcia-Akers signed books for students. She spoke of education and tolerance, virtues her father believed in; it’s something Garcia-Akers said she “could do all day.”

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