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Lila Cockrell, First Female Mayor of San Antonio, Reflects On A Life Of Public Service

Courtesy Trinity University Press

Lila Cockrell,  former San Antonio mayor and the first woman mayor of a major U.S. city, died August 29, 2019. She was 97 years old.

Trailblazer Lila Cockrell shares stories about her coming of age and political awakening in the memoir, "Love Deeper Than A River."

After serving three terms on the San Antonio City Council and four terms as Mayor, Cockrell led organizations, conservancies and foundations forward on state and local initiatives to influence and improve public life. 

What does Lila Cockrell want for the future of San Antonio? What can today's civic leaders learn from her legacy? 

Click here for more information on the book's Jan. 24 public release event at The Twig Book Store.

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This interview aired on Thursday, January 10, 2018. 

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