July 02, 2006
Filed Under (Traveling 06) by linda

Margaret Cruz is one of the few people you meet in this life that you remember forever. I remember vividly, being scared to death of Margaret when I first met her at 17 in Houston. She spoke to me in this booming voice tailored to traveling across a football field more than the inside of a hotel suite. ‘Young lady! What are you planning to do with your life’?

Not really a question I could answer, mostly because I was shaking in my boots from the volume and strength of the ‘Little Giant’s’ voice. I’m sure I mumbled something about law school, but then I looked her in the eye and said ‘I want to minor in art’. She looked me with those intense brown eyes for a moment, smiled and said ‘you’re going to be good at what ever you do because you will want to do it’. Then she winked at me and was very nice to me the rest of that convention and her life.

So I spent July 2nd with Margaret going through albums and files and boxes full of letters and photographs and citations and awards and articles on the amazing Margaret Cruz. Margaret with Stevenson, with Geraldo, with Governor Brown, with Trini Lopez, with Bill and Hillary Clinton. Starting law school at 58, finishing and opening an Immigration Law practice in the Mission District.

1 Comment posted on "Little Giant in the Mission District"
Debra McAuliffe on August 25th, 2007 at 12:08 am #

My mother, Margaret Cruz was one of a kind. I was very blessed to have her and my father as parents. As with all of us she was a bundle of contradictions the difference was she acted on them all with a passion that seemed to have no bounds. I could not be more proud of her and all the women Linda has brought to the attention of the world. Thank you.

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