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Object Name Recording
Title Conversations to Create Unity: Yvonne Cortez-Flores's Interview
Full Content Music podcasts - Free Audio - Conversations to Create Unit...
Object ID S2015.02.04
Collection Conversations to Create Unity Collection
Date 07/07/2014
Narrator's name Cortez-Flores, Yvonne
Interviewer Reyes, Rupert
Interview date 2014-07-07
Interview place Jenny Larson's home, Austin, Texas
Scope & Content Yvonne Cortez-Flores remembers her childhood (in the 1970s and 80s) growing up Latina with a single mom and eight siblings in Montopolis, a southeast Austin, Texas neighborhood. She discusses what it was like living in poverty; getting shot as a child; her current union activism with American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME); and race relations and gentrification in Austin, Texas.

This interview is part of an oral history project, Conversations to Create Unity, conducted by the Susanna Dickinson Museum and funded by Baylor University's Institute of Oral History. The project features fifteen oral histories from a diverse group of lifelong Austinites. Their interviews communicate race relations as a shared human experience and present a productive dialog about race in Austin, Texas.
Extent of Description 4 WAV files (total 495.1 MB)
Language of Material English
Subjects Austin (Tex.)
City planning
First-generation college students
Poverty--United States
Property tax
Public schools--United States
Socioeconomic status
Search Terms Allison Elementary School (Austin, Tex.)
American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees
Fairway Village Apartments (Austin, Tex.)
Johnson High School (Austin, Tex.)
Montopolis neighborhood (Austin, Tex.)
Montopolis Recreation Center (Austin, Tex.)
Murchinson Middle School (Austin, Tex.)
Sunset Valley Elementary School (Austin, Tex.)