AUSTIN (KXAN) – A University of Texas at Austin professor and author born in Uvalde was named one of USA Today’s Women of the Year for 2023.
Monica Muñoz Martinez, a UT associate professor of history, was honored for “her active participation in speaking out about the 2022 Uvalde shooting and developing solutions that address racial injustice,” according to a release.
Muñoz Martinez was nominated along with Michelle Obama, Goldie Hawn, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Sandra Day O’Connor and other national honorees. Women are named for breaking down barriers to make meaningful change in their communities and around the world, said a statement.
In 2021, he received a “genius grant” for his work highlighting racial violence along the southern U.S. border.
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“People have a right to learn truthful accounts of history in schools, museums, the news and popular culture, even when those stories are troubling,” Martinez told KXAN in 2019. “This is especially important when the lessons of the past can help inspire a more inclusive and equitable future.”