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02/16/94

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Chavez to be remembered in celebration at Stanford

STANFORD -- El Centro Chicano and Stanford's Chicano and Latino community will celebrate the life and contributions of the United Farm Workers' late leader, Cesar Chavez, in an event at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at Memorial Auditorium.

The commemoration will feature a keynote address by David Martinez, treasurer of the UFW and a lifelong friend of Chavez. The fund- raising event will focus on community talent with performances by Stanford student groups and presentations by the winners of the first Stanford literary contest in honor of Chavez.

Performers will include Agustin Lira, co-founder of El Teatro Campesino and author/recording artist of El Picket Sign and Huelga en General. Also scheduled to perform are Ballet Folklorico de Stanford and Teatro Xicano.

After presentation of awards to the winners of the Cesar Chavez essay contest, the evening is scheduled to culminate with a performance by Dr. Loco's Rockin Jalapeno Band, a musical group that includes educational leaders in the Chicano community. The band's leader, Jose Cuellar, is chairman of Chicano studies at San Francisco State University.

The event is free and open to the public.

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