Guest Speaker

Dr. José Angel Gutiérrez  

Dr. José Angel Gutiérrez

Dr. José Angel Gutiérrez received his doctoral degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in 1976 (Ph.D.) and the University of Houston, Bates College of Law, Houston, Texas in 1988 (J.D.)

He is the author or co-author of several books on Mexican American politics and elected officials and the Chicano Civil Rights Movement including: El Político: The Mexican American Elected Official, A Gringo Manual on How to Handle Mexicans, A War of Words, The Making of a Chicano Militant: Lessons from Cristal, They called me "King Tiger": my struggle for the land and our rights, and Tracking King Tiber: The Political Surveillance of Reies López Tijerina by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Dr. Gutiérrez has also collaborated on many book chapters and articles: Chicano Music: The Politics and Evolution to 1950, Binacionalismo en el siglo XXI:Chicanos y mexicanos en los Estados Unidos, Experiences of Chicana County Judges in Texas Politics: In Their Own Words, Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, Los Dos Méxicos, and Extensiones: Revista Interdisciplinaria de la Universidad Intercontinental.

He has been featured in articles and documentary films, the most recent being the PBS three-part video series, CHICANO! The Mexican American Struggle for Civil Rights, and is mentioned in many Chicano history and political science books for his remarkable role as a leader and activist for Latino rights.

His most recent work is Chicanas in Charge: Texas Women in the Public Arena, co-authored with Michele Melendez and Sonia Noyola.

Leadership Roles

Dr. Gutiérrez is a founder and co-founder of several organizations, namely:

  • The Mexican American Youth Organization (MAYO), a student activist group of the incipient Chicano movement.
  • Mexican American Unity Council (MAUC)
  • Ciudadanos Unidos, Obreros Unidos Independientes
  • La Raza Unida Party
  • Winter Garden Project
  • Becas Para Aztlán
  • Oregon Council for Hispanic Advancement
  • Northwest Voter Registration and Education Project and
  • Grupo de Apoyo para Immigrantes Latino Americanos (GAILA).

Public Service

  • Trustee and President of the Crystal City Independent School District
  • Urban Renewal Commissioner for Crystal City, Texas
  • County Judge for Zavala County, Texas
  • Commissioner for the Oregon Commission on International Trade
  • Administrative Law Judge for the City of Dallas, and
  • Member of the Ethics Commission for the City of Dallas
  • Honors

    • The "100 Outstanding Latino Texans of the 20th Century" Latino Monthly, January 2000
    • "Distinguished Texas Hispanic" Texas Hispanic Magazine, October 1996
    • "Distinguished Faculty Award" Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education, June 1995
    • "The National Council of La Raza's Chicano Hero Award", 1994.

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