EventsOur Stories: Cesar Chavez and the Arizona Farmworker Movement

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Our Stories: Cesar Chavez and the Arizona Farmworker Movement

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Downtown Library


Join historian Dr. Christine Marin, Tempe History Museum curator Marco Albarran, and Chandler community leader, Juanita Encinas, for a presentation about civil rights leader Cesar Chavez in Arizona. 

Chavez is best known for his advocacy work from the 1950s through the 1980s to improve wages and conditions for the many farm workers in California and the southwest. He led strikes, fasts and boycotts. He ultimately helped create the United Farm Workers, AFL-CIO. Chavez was born in the Yuma area in 1927, and died in 1993. His most publicized action in Arizona was a 1972 fast in Phoenix to protest a law outlawing farmworkers the right to strike, boycott or organize.

The presentation will include a peek behind the creation of the new Tempe History Museum exhibit, "Extending a Hand: Cesar Chavez, an Arizona Connection."

Registration is not required. 

Our Stories presents diverse speakers who share unique Arizona and local history topics to a general audience throughout the year. This series is produced by the Chandler Museum and the Chandler Public Library, with support from the Friends of the Chandler Public Library. 

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