LUBBOCK, TX (NEWS RELEASE) - Join Lubbock as we hold the 18th Annual César Chávez Day March & Celebration. The event serves as a tribute to his commitment to social justice and respect for human dignity.
Chávez was born on March 31 in 1927. He was a migrant farm worker from the age of 10. He became active with the Community Service Organization, which helped fight racial and economic discrimination against Chicano residents.
Chávez co-founded the National Farm Workers Association in the early 1960s. He focused attention on the plight of migrant farm workers and gained support to have his organization be the first successful farm workers' union in the United States. He used principles of non-violence, with strikes and boycotts. César Chávez remained president of United Farm Workers of America (AFL-CIO) until his death on April 23, 1993. He was also honored with a commemorative postage stamp that the United States Postal Service issued in 2003.
The 18th Annual César E. Chávez March will commemorate the historic march led by Chávez and many believers who stood for quality food on our tables, as well as equity and safety for farm workers.
In addition, all are welcome to this annual march that will be dedicated to Eric Emmerson Strong, who died on March 11, 2017.
Collectively, we will pay tribute to American hero and civil rights leader, César E. Chávez march to be held Sat., March 25, 2017.
This year our 2017 theme will be "United for Peace".
César stood as one of our nation's most outstanding leaders for peace, justice and non-violence alongside folks like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Influenced by Mahatma Gandhi, and the Southern civil rights movement, César maintained his commitment to non-violence even in the face of violent attacks from growers.
Please join us and help us unite in peace for the greater good of our community, and for the greater good of our nation.
For your convenience below are the details for the march to be held March 25, 2017:
12 p.m. - Shuttle Begins - Drop off your car at Cavazos, and a shuttle will take you to César E. Chávez & University where the march will begin. A special thanks to Citibus, the Lubbock Police Department, and Latino Lubbock Magazine.
1 p.m. - March starts at Cesar Chavez & N. University
Please wear comfortable shoes, bring organization banners, sunscreen, a water bottle, flags, (bullhorns if possible). Senior citizens and those unable to walk may drive in their cars behind marchers. Parents bring strollers if needed. Children can bring bikes, wagons. Car and motorcycle clubs welcome. Pets must be on leash.
In case of rain, please bring umbrellas or rain panchos.
The event is organized by a citizen driven committee that are committed to bringing public awareness about Chávez's legacy, as well as our commitment to community and coexisting.
A special thanks to Latino Lubbock Magazine for sponsoring the event!
For more information, please pick up a copy of the March issue of Latino Lubbock Magazine for a story about Chávez, for a general schedule.
Presented by the Lubbock César E. Chávez Commemoration Committee & Los Hermanos Familia
(News release from Latino Lubbock)
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