Civil rights and labor leader César Chávez was born on March 31, 1927 in Yuma, AZ. Every year since his untimely death in 1993, the Recuerda a César Chávez Committee in New México, has commemorated the birth of this humble civil rights leader by marching in his honor and celebrating his life with music, dancing, poetry and enjoyable, culturally enriched activities for children.
The 26th Annual César Chávez Day March and Fiesta will be held on Saturday March 30, beginning with a march at 10:30am to noon, and a Fiesta at noon to 3:3opm at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. The event is free and open to the public.
The celebration is designed to educate the entire family about César Chávez and the farm worker movement. The Recuerda a César Chávez Committee is made up of organizations and individual volunteers who want to see Chávez’s legacy of peaceful activism continue for generations to come. The Recuerda a César Chávez Committee’s mission is to educate our youth and communities about the legacy, life and work of this great civil rights leader—César Chávez.
In the tradition of César Chávez and Dolores Huerta, the Committee will take to the streets of the South Valley and Barelas neighborhood in honor of the farm worker movement. The March for Justice (or “la marcha de justicia”) will step off at 10:40 a.m. from the north parking lot of the National Hispanic Cultural Center/NHCC, (1401 4th Street SW, Albuquerque, NM), moving north on 4th Street. Come march alongside Dolores Huerta as the Aztec dancers lead the way. Chants from the Chicano and farm worker movement will echo through the streets as our community volunteers and leaders march. The pace for la Marcha will be slow so that everyone can participate. The Marcha will complete the two-mile loop by around noon, returning south from 8th Street where the Fiesta on the NHCC’s beautiful Plaza Mayor begins at 12pm to 3:30pm.
Chávez believed that community connections were best strengthened through personal relationships. That meant sharing a meal, having fun and including the whole family. It is the Recuerda a César Chávez Committee’s mission every year to celebrate the life and legacy of our beloved civil rights leader with a fiesta combining food, music, dancing, information tables, and activities for children in our Kid’s Corner. New México native and cofounder of the United Farm Workers Union Dolores Huerta will once again honor our event as Keynote Speaker. Señora Huerta continues to be a civil rights icon worldwide to this day. The Committee also noted they are honored to host accomplished actor, musician, and composer Daniel Valdez. Additionally, the event will honor ¡Sí Se Puede! awardees and community leaders Dr. Adelamar Alcantara and Michael Casaus, and local acts Baracutanga and La Tropa Felizz will provide musical entertainment.
For more information contact the National Hispanic Cultural Center at 505-246-2261 or nhccnm.org.
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