The Legacy of Cesar Chavez

The Legacy of Cesar Chavez

César Chávez, the legendary founder of the United Farm Workers Union (UFW), was born on March 31, 1927. To honor him, the state Legislature passed a measure in 1995 that designated March 31 a state holiday.

Californians are urged take the time to learn about Chávez, his life, background and accomplishments on his birthday. Like Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January, the holiday calls for Californians to participate in activities that will help others.

There is presently a movement in Congress to create a national holiday honoring Chávez and to name a national park after the leader. It is even more important to honor those that fight and fought for worker and human rights as we see those rights being seriously challenged in Washington D.C. Men like César Chávez and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is fair to say, would be aghast at registries and walls.

The Riverside Latino Network is again presenting Cesar Chavez Days to highlight the contributions of the late labor and civil rights leader.

Activities include:

  • 18th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Breakfast
  • Feliz Cumpleanos Cesar Celebration
  • Cesar E. Chavez- Remembering a Hero, Celebrating a Legacy musical tribute
  • Trabajamos/We Work: In the Fields of the North art exhibit
  • Bringing Community Together Through Art community altar project

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