Maria Hinojosa, anchor and executive producer of NPR’s Latino USA, will deliver the sixth annual Caesar Chavez keynote address tonight at 6 in the Student Union Multipurpose Room.
Caesar Chavez, a Mexican American, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, later the United Farm Workers union, and to this day is considered one of the best Latino American civil rights activists in history. This April marks the 20th anniversary of his death.
Chavez supported and initiated many workers’ strikes in the ’60s and ’70s. The UFW’s “Salad Bowl Strike” is the largest farm worker strike in history and helped grape and lettuce growers win higher working wages. Similar strikes happened throughout the U.S.
Throughout Chavez’s life and after, he was decorated with many awards, including the Pacem in Terris award (Peace on Earth) presented by Pope John XXIII, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom presented by President Bill Clinton.
The National Chavez Center was opened in Keene, Calif. in 2004 to commemorate Chavez’s life.
Hinojosa, a four-time Emmy winner and award winning Latina journalist who has worked at PBS, NPR and CNN, will speak of Chavez’s life and commemorate his accomplishments.