Wednesday, March 30th, at the David M. Player Center for the Arts, there will be a program honoring Cesar Chavez. Starting at 6:00 pm, Ray Polanco will be speaking. There will be special singing numbers by the Morento Sisters, and dancing by the EAC Danseries. Following this, there will be a Grito contest, door prizes, and much more.
For those who don’t know, Cesar Chavez was a civil rights activist. A renowned union leader, and labor organizer, he was born in Arizona to immigrant parents. Chavez grew up working in the fields. Faced with horrible working conditions and bitter racism, he dedicated his life to better the lives of farmworkers. Chavez founded the National Farm Workers Association in 1962. Demonstrating strikes against grape growers in California, Chavez stressed nonviolent methods. His campaigns included hunger strikes, boycotts, and marches. Despite his confrontations with legal barriers, his work elevated wages, and improved working conditions. His campaigns bettered the lives of farm workers in California, Texas, Arizona, and Florida.