Josué Teniente

Class of 2018

Growing up in Laredo, Texas, on the border, we had a local high school named after Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ), yet few people in my hometown knew anything about the 36th President. We knew he had a vague association with Civil Rights and Vietnam but, beyond that, most of our knowledge was limited to the history books we had in our classrooms. It wasn’t until my college years that I began to learn about the profound impacts LBJ had on the country and the world. I am the son of a first generation Mexican-American (Dad) and a Mexican immigrant (Mom). This intersection of race, ethnicity, and citizenship always interested me, especially growing up in a border town, and led me to pursue history and sociology at the University of Texas. In my pursuit of a degree, I took a course on LBJ and the impact he had on the country. We studied many subjects and controversies, and we ultimately took a trip out to the LBJ Ranch and his boyhood home to gain firsthand knowledge of the man and his surroundings.