James Holmes

Latino GLBT History Project Honors Cesar Chavez

Filed By James Holmes | April 20, 2012 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Living
Tags: Cesar Chavez, Christine Chavez, civil rights leader, Latino GLBT History Project, LGBT Rights, Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights

The Latino GLBT History Project will be honoring the late civil rights activist César Chávez with an event marking the anniversary of his death on Monday April 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, located at 1201 17th St. N.W., in Washington, D.C. The event is open to the public. Chavez-Poster.jpg

The keynote speaker will be Christine Chávez, the granddaughter of Chávez - also an LGBT ally.

Much has been written about my grandfather's historic fight for the rights of farmworkers. In my opinion one of the most significant actions that he took was to build an inclusive movement. A movement that was not just about the rights of farmworkers, but about the rights of all the disenfranchised in this country.

César Chávez was one of the earliest civil rights advocates to come out in support of LGBT rights. In honor of his work, he was given a spot at the front of the Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.

There will be light appetizers and a question and answer period with Christine Chávez.

I plan to attend and encourage everyone in the DC area to join.

For more information about the event and/or to R.S.V.P., email dperez@latinoglbthistory.com.


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