Information from a CIty of San Antonio press release:
Thousands of youth will pay homage to civil rights leader Cesar E. Chavez during the 16th annual Cesar E. Chavez March for Justice. Scheduled for Saturday, March 31, the community program begins at 8 a.m. at the corner of Guadalupe and S. Brazos streets and will feature music and speakers. The march to the Alamo begins at 10 a.m.
Organizers are particularly excited to have a large participation of students involved in this year’s march and events commemorating the American hero.
“Mentoring our youth is continuing Cesar Chavez’s legacy,” said Jaime P. Martinez, chairman and founder of the Cesar E. Chavez Legacy and Educational Foundation.
This year will be especially momentous, as for the first time, the march will take a new route down the newly-renamed Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. In addition, Cesar E. Chavez’s son, Paul Chavez, will be the grand marshal.
All participants are encouraged to bring a canned good that will be donated to the San Antonio Food Bank. Bringing a canned good to the march not only benefits those in need, but also recognizes the work still being done by farm workers today. Cesar Chavez was a migrant farm worker, who later became a civil rights and labor leader and founded the National Farm Workers Association in 1962. He served as a community servant and crusader for non-violent social change for thousands of Americans who suffered greatly and had no voice.
A number of events, coordinated by the Cesar E. Chavez Legacy and Educational Fund, are scheduled to begin on March 14, including:
- March 14: City Council Proclamation, 5:15 p.m., City Council Chambers
- March 16: Remembering Cesar E. Chavez Film Tribute, 6 p.m., Guadalupe Theater
- March 24: Labor Tribute to the Legacy of Cesar E. Chavez Wreath Laying Ceremony, 2 p.m., 1023 Guadalupe Street
- March 29: Scholarship Recipients Dinner Awards, 6 p.m., La Villita Assembly Hall