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Cesar Chavez’s legacy celebrated with events at UofL

by Erman,Linda last modified Jun 17, 2010 12:50 PM

April 5, 2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The legacy of Mexican American farm worker and labor activist Cesar Chavez will be celebrated this month at the University of Louisville with a panel discussion, student march and several documentary showings.

Chavez, who died in 1993, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, which became the United Farm Workers union.

The April 8 panel discussion, “The Legacy of Cesar Chavez,” and reception afterward will run from noon to 2 p.m. in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library. Panelists will be Manuel Medina, UofL classical and modern languages associate professor; Miguel Lagunas, Hispanic community organizer; and Jose Neil Donis, Al Dia en America newspaper editor.

Afterward, there will be a half-hour student march to celebrate Chavez’s life and encourage civic engagement beginning at 2:30 p.m. April 8 at Ekstrom Library and ending at Grawemeyer Hall.

The free, public activities are sponsored by the classical and modern languages department and the Spanish Club.

Here is a list of the film and documentary screening times and titles; all will be shown in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library:

April 7 – “The Chicano Wave,” and “The Struggle in the Fields,” noon–2p.m. and 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

April 8 – “The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers’ Struggle,” 7 p.m.–9 p.m.

April 14 – “Bread and Roses,” noon–2 p.m.

April 15 – “No Name” (“Sin Nombre,” in Spanish and English with subtitles), noon– p.m. and 7 p.m.–9 p.m.

For more information, contact Manuel Medina at 502-852-0501 or or Melissa Groenewald at 502-852-4748 or

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