Selena Quintanilla Perez was horn on April 16, 1971 in Lake Jackson, Texas.

At the age of nine, she began working to help support her family as the lead singer for Selena y Los Dinos. It was the beginning of an outstanding career.

Selena's talents were recognized with numerous awards, including Female Vocalist of the Year and Performer of the Year at the Tejano Music Awards in 1987; a Grammy Award in 1993 for Best Mexican-American performance for her album "Selena Live"; Female Singer, Song and Album of the year in 1993 from Premio Lo Nuestro, the Latin equivalent of the Grammys; and, in 1995, six Tejano Music Awards and another Grammy nomination for her song "Amor Prohibido."

She was as popular in Texas as she was in Mexico, and she had a long and impressive list of accomplishments at the age of 23.

This ambitious and determined young singer was a role model who inspired millions of people and broke through ethnic, cultural, age, and language barriers.

She represented the essence of South Texas culture and was identified as the girl from Corpus Christi who achieved international stardom but never forgot where she came from.

Her unprecedented fame did not sway her firm beliefs in education or her family values. She lectured at schools on the value of education, participated in the D.A.R.E. program, and was actively involved in the Coastal Bend AIDS Foundation.

Selena died March 31, 1995, one week before her first movie, Don Juan De Marco, was released nation-wide.

The loss of this talented young singer will be felt by millions who saw her not only as a singer, but also as a friend. Her music and special contributions to Texas, the United States, Mexico, and the world will continue to inspire people of all ages and cultures.

Therefore, I, George W. Bush, Governor of Texas, do hereby proclaim April 16, 1995, as:


in Texas, and urge the appropriate recognition thereof.

In official recognition whereof I hereby affix my signature this 12th day of April, 1995.

George Bush

Governor of Texas

In addition to the Governor's memorandum, the 74th Legislature of the State of Texas sought to "honor the life, career, and personal convictions of this self made international star and acknowledge the impact that this young Tejana has had across the world" with an official tribute. Senate Concurrent Resolution Number 116 was adopted by the Senate on April 3, 1995, and by the House on April 11, 1995, a week before what would have been Selena's twenty ~ fourth birthday.