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 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 medina502@gmail.com or Melissa Groenewald at 502-852-4748 or m0groe01@louisville.edu

    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.