SUMMARY: Hernandez is a man with a mission. His teaching career encompasses all the changes and challenges of men and women of Hispanic origin in the American Southwest. After telling his personal story, Mr. Hernandez branches out into the philosophical and ethical principles that have been at the center of his personal struggle and shares his opinions on the importance of minority groups participating in civil and academic life. David Hernandez has inspired more than five decades of young people to reach for the stars.

Date of Interview: December 4, 2004
Interviewer: Camilla Clayes
Transcriber: Merrilyn S. Ridgeway
Begin Tape 1, Side 1
Camilla: Good Morning, David.
Dave: Good Morning.

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