University to honor Cesar Chavez with march

University to honor Cesar Chavez with march

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Courtesy Office of Marketing and Communications

Students at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will honor the life and legacy of one of the most iconic figures in Hispanic civil rights during the Cesar Chavez March beginning at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 28 on the A&M-Kingsville campus.

Students from the university’s Pre-Law Society, the Hoggie Council, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) #4890 and the Gamma Lambda Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, The National Spanish Honor Society.

The march will begin in front of the Conner Museum on Santa Gertrudis Street and continue down University Boulevard, ending in the Courtyard of the Memorial Student Union Building. Dr. Shannon Baker, chair of the History, Political Science and Philosophy department, will serve as keynote speaker. Food and shirts will be provided to the first 100 participants.

Mark Dragon, president of the A&M-Kingsville Pre-Law Society, said in celebrating Chavez’s legacy, the university community celebrates not just an iconic figure in the Hispanic civil rights movement, but a true revolutionary in the grassroots movement.

“As a student in a growing Hispanic community, I believe that every effort should be made to remind the public that we have only gotten to where we are by learning from out past,” Dragon said. “Cesar Chavez is the perfect example of a person who had a dream, fought for a cause while dealing with severe opposition and ultimately accomplished a goal while being challenged. While everybody can learn from his actions, college students in South Texas in particular should have the opportunity to gain valuable insight on a legend who indirectly helped positively impact their future.”