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Civil Rights in the Texas BorderlandsDr. Lawrence A. Nixon and Black Activism$
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Will Guzmán

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038921

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038921.001.0001

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Civil Rights in the Texas Borderlands

Will Guzmán

University of Illinois Press

This concluding chapter chronicles the latter part of Nixon's life and retirement from advocacy work, as well as his legacy among African American medical professionals and the locals of El Paso. Between 1948 and his death in 1966, Nixon had lived a relatively quiet life, devoting himself primarily to his medical practice and his family. Less than three years after his retirement, however, Nixon was involved in a car accident, dying five days later in the hospital on March 6, 1966, surrounded by friends and family. During his lifetime and the years afterward the chapter describes how Nixon's legacy has continued to shape history today. At the same time, however, the chapter laments on the neglect which still plagues Nixon's legacy, and concludes with some final reflections on Nixon's remarkable life and work and his impact on the lives of countless people within and beyond the borderlands.

Keywords:   Lawrence A. Nixon, African American medics, El Paso, Nixon's legacy, social justice

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