The man who has been called the "father of bilingual education," the late State Senator Carlos Truan, was honored Thursday at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
The university presented the Tejano Heritage and Tejano Legacy awards to the family of the late state senator.
Each year, the Tejano Heritage Award recognizes a Javelina alumnus who honored the university and the Tejano culture through service to the state and nation. Truan served a total of 34 years in the Texas Legislature.
"For us, this is an incredible honor," said Veronica Truan-Palmer, daughter of Carlos Truan. "Especially to be here at the Texas A&M campus in Kingsville, because he was born and raised here in Kingsville, attended at that particular point in his life, what was A&I, which is now A&M, and of course, you know, this was his stomping ground."
Truan once said that one of his proudest accomplishments was sponsoring the Texas Bilingual Education Act in 1969.