1993 Inductee - Ignacio Nash Munoz


1993 Inductee - Ignacio Nash Munoz

1993 Mexican American Hall of Fame Inductee

Nash was an active member of St. Linus Church from its beginning. It was his activism within the church that raised his social conscience that would forever underlie the reason for his community involvement.

In 1966, Nash became a staff member of the Manpower Opportunities Project: The project was aimed at helping the Spanish speaking. In 1968 he was one of those who helped develop and establish the Council for the Spanish Speaking. He became its first director.

The Council provided numerous services including education, employment, counseling, health, housing and immigration. While Director of the Council, Nash secured funds for a drug prevention out-reach health program. Funds were also secured for a youth program. He was also instrumental in securing television time on a local station. The product of his efforts was a thirty minute program La Voz de la Raza.

Nash honestly believed that the primary concern of the council was motivating the youth in social issues and on the importance of an education. Nash was strongly committed to the Mexican-American youth and his actions while director reflected that commitment. He worked with the Mexican-American Youth (MASA) of Delta College in sponsoring the first Mexican-American Youth Organization Conference (MAYO) that was held in Stockton in May 1969. During the school riots in the late 60’s, Nash and the Council were asked to help quell the disturbances. The Council also helped over 100 youth enter state universities under the Education Opportunity Program (EOP). Nash sought the hiring of more Mexican-American teachers, administrators, and counselors with Stockton Unified School District and Delta College. Although Nash accomplished many things, the work he did with the youth was the most gratifying for him.

Nash was co-chairman of the successful campaign to gain district voting for the City Council. In October 1969, Nash was one of three local recipients of the first United Nations’ Globe Awards for human rights work. He was recognized for his work in promoting better housing, wages and health conditions for resident farm workers, and for his work with Mexican American youth groups.

He served on the 1971 San Joaquin County Grand Jury, the same year he was named director of the San Joaquin Comprehensive Health Planning Council and the countywide citizens committee studying the county’s General Plan. He was also a member-at-large of the Tierra del Oro Girl Scout Council Board of Directors. After resigning his council position in 1972, he became a private consultant, serving as a spokesman for individuals on immigration matters as well as representative of the Northern California Mexican American Truckers Association working to develop more individual trucking ownership among Mexican Americans.