Hispanic Institute of Social Issues
Raul H. Yzaguirre: Seated at the Table of Power
From the segregated barrios of the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, to the
halls of Congress and the White House, comes a story based on the memoirs of
one of America’s premier Latino civil rights leaders: Raul H. Yzaguirre.
Born in San Juan, Texas in 1939 to Mexican American parents; his family legacy
goes back to the early days of Spanish colonization. Living in a divided city, “the
north was for Mexicans and the south was for Anglos,” he learned how to enter
both worlds with success through the guidance of his beloved grandfather,
On a quest at age thirteen, he ran away from home and became the youngest
sailor on board the Barbee Nell in Corpus Christi. There he met Dr. Hector P.
García, founder of the American GI Forum who took the runaway under his wing,
and inspired him to dedicate his life to serving his community.
Elected as President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) in 1974,
his three decades of leadership built NCLR into the largest constituency-based,
national Latino organization in American history.
Raul Yzaguirre’s life’s story, has empowered America’s Latinos, seating them at
tables of power. His life’s motto has become a reality: “To leave the world a
Title: Raul H. Yzaguirre: Seated at the Table of Power
Author: Stella Pope Duarte
Publisher: Latino Book Publisher (An imprint of HISI)
Pages: 456 (includes photographs)
Please mail purchase orders, checks or money orders to: HISI PO Box 50553
Mesa, Arizona 85208-0028
About the Author
Stella Pope Duarte was inspired to write by a prophetic dream of her father in
1995. Pope Duarte is hailed by critics as a “major, literary voice in America.”
Duarte is described by Jacquelyn Mitchard as a “magical weaver with a sure hand
and a pure heart,” and by Ursula K. Le Guin as an author who “will enlarge
humanity.” Her work has won honors and awards nationwide, including the
prestigious, American Book Award, Southwest Book of the Year Award, Women
in American History Award, Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino
Literature, and a Book Sense 76 Selection. Born and raised in the Sonorita
Barrio in South Phoenix, she is a descendant of Irish and Mexican American
parents. She believes that her faith and love of family have formed the
foundation for her success.