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Granddaughter of Chavez to speak at UMW

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Christine Chavez, farmworker coordinator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and granddaughter of Cesar Chavez, will deliver the University of Mary Washington’s Latino Identities Month keynote speech Wednesday. 

Her speech, titled “Cesar Chavez: the Past and Current Struggle for Hispanic Americans” will address the celebration’s theme: finding Latino identity in the U.S.

A promotion for the lecture at the college said that Chavez once heard her grandfather say, “We don’t need perfect political systems; we need perfect participation.”

Taking that to heart, she has worked on modern-day campaigning and community organizing.

Before becoming the farmworker coordinator for the Department of Agriculture, she was the United Farm Workers’ political director.

Latina Magazine recently named Chavez one of its top Latinas for her longtime involvement with civil rights issues, particularly her work on marriage equality.

Her grandfather was a legendary farmworker activist in the 1960s and ’70s

During UMW’s monthlong celebration, the school has held multiple speeches, a film series, a bilingual poetry reading and an art show exhibiting emerging Latino artists.

Still to come in the celebration are more lectures, a salsa night, a Latin jazz production and a panel on the DREAM Act.

Lindley Estes: 540/735-1976