The cause is not dead and the residents and students of Texas A&M Kingsville’s Pre-Law Society, Delta Sigma Pi and LULAC, shout and praise the fact that they have not forgotten the cause that was put into motion in the early 1970’s.
Students, faculty and residents from local areas gathered in front of the Connor Museum to celebrate the seventh annual Cesar Chavez march.
The is used to celebrate the efforts of Chavez and his “iconic” contributions to the Hispanic Civil rights movement after using strikes and
nationwide boycotts to win union recognition and contracts from California grape and lettuce growers and forever changing the landscape of migrant field work
“All seven years I have been here to represent Cesar Chavez and the cause,” said Kingsville resident Rosario Moreno, “It is important that the students know their heritage and know what their families and grandparents had to go through so they can want better for their children and know how important Chavez was to the farm workers.”
Festivities kicked-off with a brief video on the history of Chavez and while sponsoring organizations gave away free t-shirts donning the iconic thunderbird (a representation of power and movement) image to the first 100 people in attendance.
Students led the march down Santa Gertrudis avenue, past University Boulevard and concluded in the courtyard of the Memorial student union building where Dr. Shannon Baker, Chair of the Philosophy, History, and Political science deportments, addressed those in attendance with a brief history spiel on Chavez.
In spite of the cause being kept alive some were adamant about simply educating those from the younger generations and getting informed about the cause.
“He (Chavez) had a lot of impact, not so much directly but indirectly on a lot of college student’s lives and the fact that we can bring something to the community and to a college campus and make people more aware of what he has done and the changes he has made in society is just great,” said Mark Dragon, President of the AMK Pre-Law society.