The Project

The Julian Samora Legacy Project was begun in 2000 to develop and disseminate the rich primary source material of the Julian Samora archive, through a consortium of universities, institutes and private individuals who are committed to making this information available to a wide audience of students, community leaders and scholars through readily available teaching materials. The Julian Samora Legacy Project promotes the ideals, leadership, research and scholarship of Dr. Julian Samora.


Samora played an important role in organizing coalitions of people. This took the shape of co-founding the Southwest Council of La Raza, which became the National Council of La Raza in 1972, and is the nation’s leading Latino civil rights organization.


Both Dr. Samora and his wife, Betty, embraced the role of mentor with skill and enthusiasm. They opened their home and their hearts to students and their families. That extra encouragement was often the deciding factor of success or failure for that student.


Julian Samora focused on immigration, civil rights, the U.S./Mexico border, and public health and rural poverty throughout his life. In 1953, he became the first Mexican American to earn a doctorate in Sociology and Anthropology in the United States.