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Campus events to celebrate Cesar Chavez’s legacy

by Judy Hughes, communications and marketing last modified Mar 19, 2013 09:03 AM

The legacy of Mexican American farm worker and labor activist Cesar Chavez is the basis of a three-day celebration March 27–29 at the University of Louisville.

The classical and modern languages department organized the event to mark Cesar Chavez Day and the 20th anniversary of his death. Chavez co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, which became the United Farm Workers union.

Admission is free and open to the public. Here’s a schedule of activities:

March 27

1 p.m.–2 p.m. Panel discussion, “The Legacy of Cesar Chavez” in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library. Panelists will be Felix Garza, National Farm Workers Ministry Inc. president, and Gary West, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 227 retired president.

Film screening: “Viva la causa: The Story of Cesar Chavez and a Great Movement for Social Justice,” 2 p.m., Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library.

March 28

Film screening: “The Chicano Wave,” 6 p.m.–7 p.m., and “The Struggle in the Fields,” 7 p.m.–8 p.m. and 8 p.m.–9 p.m., Room 205, Bingham Humanities Building.

March 29

11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Student marches to celebrate Chavez’s activism and to commemorate his 1966 California march for striking farm workers. They will start at Ekstrom Library, circle Belknap Campus and end at Grawemeyer Hall.

Film screenings (all are hourly 8 a.m.–3 p.m. in Ekstrom Library): “A Class Apart: A Mexican American Civil Rights Story,” Room W102; “The Other Side of Immigration,” Room W104; and “Viva la causa: The Story of Cesar Chavez and a Great Movement for Social Justice,” Chao Auditorium.

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