In a brief ceremony, Jaime Martinez, chairman and founder of the César E. Chávez March for Justice, received a special proclamation by Major Julian Castro at the San Antonio City Council Chambers.
Jaime Martinez was recognized for his dedication to help to keep Chávez' dream alive for future generations. He emphasized the importance of Chávez as an American hero and role model to achieve social justice and dignity for all American farm workers.
Martinez was accompanied by several members of the César E. Chávez March for Justice Committee, as well as his family and students from different schools, who received scholarships from César E. Chávez Educational Fund.
Martinez emphasized the importance of education and hard work to achieve great things as Chávez did. Students from more than 70 schools receive scholarships through César E. Chávez Legacy and Educational Fund.
“Si se puede” (Yes We Can) were the last words that Martinez proclaimed during his short speech in memory of Chávez.
The 14th annual César E. Chávez March for Justice in San Antonio marks the anniversary of his historic 340-mile pilgrimage from Delano, just north of Bakersfield, Calif., to the steps of the state capitol in Sacramento in 1966, drawing national attention to the plight of farm workers in America.
The public is welcome to meet for the march assembly and program at 11 a.m. March 27 at Plaza Avenida Guadalupe, 1321 El Paso. The march begins at 1 p.m. with San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro as Grand Marshal.