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Chavez to be remembered in weeklong celebration

El Centro Chicano and Stanford's Chicano and Latino community will celebrate the life and contributions of the United Farm Workers' late leader, César Chávez, in a weeklong series of events beginning Monday, April 27.

The following events are free and open to the public:

  • Art and essays submitted by local elementary, junior high and high school students for a contest to be judged by Stanford students will be displayed in the Jaime Miranda Lounge at El Centro Chicano on April 27. On the same day, individuals who want to participate in a hunger fast on April 30 in honor of Chávez can sign up at tables in White Plaza.
  • Daniel Valdez, a composer, musician, singer and actor who joined the the United Farm Workers Union in 1966, will lead a discussion at 7:30 p.m. April 28 at Branner Lounge titled "Arte del Movimiento." Valdez will explore the connections between Chávez, the farmworker movement, and the music and visual art that it inspired.

  • The Fight in the Fields, an award-winning documentary on Chávez and the farmworkers' struggle, will be shown at 7 p.m. April 29 at the Old Union Clubhouse Ballroom.

  • Representatives of the United Farm Workers will speak at noon April 30 at White Plaza about the current strawberry campaign and the hunger fast in memory of Chávez.

  • The series of events will culminate on May 1 at Tresidder Oak Lounge with the announcement of the art and essay winners and a dance/concert featuring two popular bands, Ozomatli and Quetzal. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the festivities begin at 7 p.m.


By Marisa Cigarroa

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