Students celebrate Cesar Chavez's legacy

Posted at: 04/05/2013 6:09 PM
Updated at: 04/05/2013 6:33 PM
By: Joseph Lynch, KOB Eyewitness News 4

About 300 Albuquerque children got the chance to take the classroom outside Friday. A field trip to learn about Cesar Chavez. The Mexican-American labor leader and social activist passed away 20 years ago, but in the Rio Grande Valley his accomplishments and spirit were celebrated.

A field trip to Albuququerque's South Valley for kids aof all ages today- to learn about an icon in the latino community. Corona Elementary 3rd grader Sahani Sangil liked being outside and learning.

"We're celebrating Cesar Chavez and his movement and that we're going to be here a day seeing how he felt when he was working out in those fields".

Organizers say there's no better way to teach students about Cesar Chavez than by working on a farm. They planted some grass and bushes. This is the 20th year for the Cesar Chavez celebration. And participation has grown every year according to Danny Solis.  

"it's part of their legacy whether they know it or not. The fact that they enjoy many of the rights that they enjoy today- come from the fact that cesar chavez and delores huerta and so many others fought for those rights back in the day."

3rd Grader Julian Thornton says he's learned a lot about Cesar Chavez.

"he helped honor every migrant farm worker for what they were worth. Cause they were worth a lot more than what the owners of the companies were actually doing to them."

Solis says this isn't just a latino history lesson. It's an American history lesson.

"To me it has always been part of the american story. And I think that people are finally coming around to realize that it is intrinsic and inextricably tied to the American story. And not just tied to it but is part of its foundation and bedrock."

The National Hispanic Cultural center will host the 20th Annual Cesar Chavez Day Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.