Cesar Chavez’s legacy celebrated with events at UofL


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The legacy of Mexican American farm worker and labor activist Cesar Chavez will be celebrated March 27-29 at the University of Louisville with a panel discussion, student marches and several documentary showings.

    The free, public activities are organized by the classical and modern languages department 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.

    The March 27 hourlong panel discussion, “The Legacy of Cesar Chavez,” will begin at 1 p.m. 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.

    Student marches to celebrate Chavez’s activism and to commemorate his 1966 California march for striking farm workers will begin at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. March 29 at Ekstrom Library, circle Belknap Campus and end at Grawemeyer Hall.

    Documentary films will be shown each day. Here is a list of the film and documentary screening times, titles and locations:

    March 27: – “Viva la causa: The Story of Cesar Chavez and a Great Movement for Social Justice,” 2 p.m., Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library.

    March 28 – “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 – “A Class Apart: A Mexican American Civil Rights Story,” hourly 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Room W102, Ekstrom Library; “The Other Side of Immigration,” hourly 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Room W104, Ekstrom Library; and “Viva la causa: The Story of Cesar Chavez and a Great Movement for Social Justice,” hourly 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library.

    For more information, contact Manuel Medina at 502-852-0501 or medina502@gmail.com or Melissa Groenewald at 502-852-4748 or m0groe01@louisville.edu or check http://louisville.edu/spanish/celebremos/cesar_chavez/

    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.