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The face of a notable San Antonian welcomed inquisitive internet users on Sunday when María Rebecca Latigo de Hernández was featured in a Google Doodle.

Hernandez, originally from Garza Garcia, Mexico, was a civil rights leader who championed the economic and educational causes of Mexican-Americans and immigrants.

Doodles are how Google celebrates special days and events. Sunday would have been Hernández’s 122nd birthday.




Along with emblazoning the search engine’s landing page with drawing of Hernandez, Google published an article to share her accomplishments with its users.

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According to the Texas State Historical Association, Hernandez and her husband, Pedro Hernandez Barrera, moved to San Antonio in 1918 where she became a frontrunner in fighting discrimination and educational segregation faced by Mexican women and children.


She helped organize and co-found organizations like Caballeros de America, Asociación Protectora de Madres and La Liga de Defensa Pro-Escolar — all groups that worked for the betterment of marginalized Mexican communities, Google said.

She also became the city’s first Mexican-American female radio announcer. Over the years, she supported LULAC, the Pecan-Shellers’ Strike and Henry B. Gonzalez and the Raza Unida party, according to TSHA.

Hernandez died in Lytle on Jan. 8, 1986.

Learn more about Hernandez’s life and contributions in the gallery above.

Madalyn Mendoza is a digital reporter for MySA.com. Read more of her stories here.| mmendoza@mysa.com | Twitter: @MaddySkye





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