As proclaimed by President Obama in 2014, March 31st is a federal commemorative holiday to honor and celebrate the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez. New Mexico seeks to establish a holiday in remembrance of him, as well as the legendary, late Representative and Senator Dennis Chavez.
Teachers, check out California's Model Curriculum on César Chavez and consider incorporating a unit into your social studies curriculum if you haven't already. Science and health teachers could also incorporate César Chavez into units on nutrition, agri-business, and the food that we eat. California also provides many resources for teachers and the public that you should check out, as well.
I shudder to think of where we would we be without our social movements and without the courageous and visionary leadership of people like César Chavez, Dennis Chavez, and Dolores Huerta. And we're fortunate to have Dolores Huerta with us still, fiery and passionate as ever. I have yet to see her documentary, but I hear it's great and am happy to share this excellent story about it that appeared in The Guardian titled, "'Yes we can': Dolores Huerta, architect of slogan, gets the spotlight in new film."
Sí se puede! Yes we can!