In 1968, Cesar Chavez took a stand against the California table grape growers. This event would change the lives of many of the workers and he would be remembered as a civil rights activist in the years to come.
Chavez was born to immigrant farm workers in Arizona, and later moved to California where he encountered the harsh conditions of migrant work that he would later fight against.
Cesar Chavez day, March 31st, is a state holiday in California, Colorado, and Texas.
It’s purpose is to promote community service in honor of Chavez’s life and work. Even though it has not been made a national holiday, Barack Obama told Americans to “observe this day with appropriate service, community, and educational programs to honor César Chávez’s enduring legacy.”
In honor of this day there will be a celebration at The Avid Reader by Tower Cafe. This evening will be filled with theatre, spoken word performances, and art. There will also be a live performance by Teatro Nagual. Along with this performance the Sacramento Poet laureate will be doing a couple of readings.
There will also be arts and crafts for all ages set up by the Sol Collective. In addition a UFW poster collection from the Latino Center of Art and Culture will be available for viewing. Miss Becky Chavez (Cesar Chavez’s niece) will be in attendance.
This event is free and open to all to attend. It will be held from 3:00pm to 6:00pm on:
Thursday, March 31st
The Avid Reader at Tower