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March 24th, 2010
Latino Student Association to host dinner on Cesar Chavez Day

032210.chavezCesar Chavez in front of the Aztec eagle flag he designed for the organization he helped to found, United Farm Workers.

STAFF REPORT

The Latino Student Association (LSA) of Texas State  will host an honorary celebration to remember the legacy of Cesar Chavez on March 31, Cesar Chavez Day.  The catered dinner and program will take place in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-15, on the campus of Texas State from 6-8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are urged to RSVP to LSA.txstate@gmail.com.

The event will feature reflections on the life and work of Chavez, his work with the United Farm Workers (UFW), and his civil rights advocacy for migrant farm workers. Dinner will be served before an address by keynote speaker E. Roberta (Bobbi) Ryder, President and CEO of the National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH).

“It’s a great way to acknowledge the potential one person can have when it comes to fighting for what you believe in,” said Abigail Moreno, an LSA graduate who has worked to organize the event. “Cesar Chavez is a great example.”

Three times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Chavez is a highly respected and important figure in both American and Latino history. As the founder of the UFW, Chavez worked to ensure that migrant workers were paid fairly and treated humanely at their jobs.

The speaker for the evening, Ryder, has years of experiences with migrant families through her community advocacy and professional migrant health program activities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies and Child Psychology from Michigan State. She has also completed fellowships at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and at the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

032210stampThe Cesar Chavez stamp, issued in 2004.

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