Latinx Flint NEWS

2024 Chávez – Huerta Luncheon

By Asa Zuccaro | Latinx Flint Media

Aurora Sauceda, 2024 Chavez – Huerta Service Award winner, addresses event attendees with words of inspiration and gratitude in recognition of service to the community. 

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On March 23, 2024 the Latinx Technology & Community Center hosted the Chavez – Huerta Luncheon, a community event to honor the legacies of Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, the United Farm Workers and all the activists who dedicated their lives to fighting for social justice and workers’ rights. Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta were instrumental in the farm workers’ movement in the United States, and their achievements continue to inspire generations of people today.

The event was attended by people from all communities coming together to take a moment to appreciate the accomplishments and rich Latin American culture. The event was held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, with a folkloric dance performance by “Culturas del Sol” and delicious food, catered by Katrina W. of the Flint Social Club. 

Keynote speaker Raul Echaverria, from Detroit, Michigan spoke about the importance of community organizing and accomplishments of Chavez and Huerta. Raul reminded the audience that the struggle for social justice and workers’ rights is ongoing and that we must continue to fight for these causes today. Raul emphasized the importance of getting involved and advocating to create powerful and lasting change in society.

The highlight of the event was the presentation of the Chavez Huerta Service Award and the presentation of the academic scholarship winners. Aurora Sauceda, a community organizer who has worked relentlessly to empower the local community and advocate for their individual rights, was this year’s winner of the Chavez Huerta Service Award. The academic scholarships were awarded to Harold Rodriguez Pupo and Serenity Rodriguez, two determined college students who have demonstrated aspirations to serve the Latinx community.

The Latinx Technology & Community Center would like to share our gratitude to our sponsors that made this event possible.  

Flint Center for Educational Excellence, Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Lambaria Eyecare Associates, Genesee Health Plan, Team One Credit Union, Mott Community College, Hamilton Community Health Network, Flint and Genesee Group, Huntington Bank.