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Longtime activist and Ibero co-founder Domingo Garcia

Four men sit at a table in a radio talk studio: a man front left has short grey hair and a grey mustache and is wearing a blue blazer, blue shirt, striped tie and grey pants; a man back left has short grey hair and a grey goatee and is wearing glasses, a white button-down shirt and a blue tie; a man back right is bald and is wearing a white button-down shirt and a grey and blue striped tie; a man at right has short dark hair and is wearing headphones, a red polo shirt with a blue plaid collar and cuffs, and jeans.
Megan Mack
(foreground) Domingo Garcia, (background) Julio Vázquez Sr., and Eugenio Marlin on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Tuesday, July 9, 2024

When a nine-year-old boy from Puerto Rico moved to Rochester in 1949, he knew no one but his immediate family. He says he was bewildered by the English language and often fell behind in school, eventually dropping out at the age of 17. And as an adult, he was turned down for jobs due to his ethnicity and was a victim of police brutality.

But despite these challenges, this man would become one of the most well-respected activists and leaders in the community.

Domingo Garcia is perhaps best known as one of the founders of Ibero-American Action League. Colleagues and mentees call him a trailblazer, and his list of accomplishments is long. Garcia now lives in Florida, but is back in Rochester this week to receive a proclamation from the Monroe County Legislature.

This hour, we sit down with Garcia and two of his mentees to discuss his life and legacy.

Our guests:

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.