Latinx Flint NEWS
By Evelyn Cano | Latinx Flint Media
Chavez Huerta Dinner Celebration 2023
Culturas del Sol dancers performing a Traditional Mexican Folk Dance
On March 31, the Latinx hosted the Chavez Huerta event to celebrate the legacies of two 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 a great success, with people from all communities coming together to celebrate these two remarkable activists. The event was held at the UAW hall, transformed into a festive atmosphere with colorful decorations, delicious food, and live music.
The celebration began with a warm greeting from Latinx Board members, staff, and some volunteers who highlighted the impact Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta have had on the Latinx community and welcomed Culturas del Sol, a group of young dancers who performed traditional Mexican folk dances. The audience was captivated by the energy and skill of the dancers, who brought to life the rich cultural heritage of Mexico.
Next, the keynote speaker Delia Fernandez Jones took the stage. Delia spoke about the importance of the work of Chavez and Huerta, and how their tireless efforts helped to transform the lives of farm workers across the United States. She also 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, because thanks to all the fighting is that Latinos don’t have to be in the shadow, they can work, drive, buy a house, but they can also celebrate with their families and friends, and have a good life.
The evening’s highlight was the presentation of the Chavez Huerta Award and the announcement of the Chavez Huerta scholarship winners, which celebrate those who have made major contributions to social justice and workers’ rights. Sixto Olivo, a community organizer who has worked relentlessly to empower neglected groups and fight for their rights, was this year’s winner of the Chavez Huerta Award. The Scholarship was awarded to Tomas Tello Jr. and Elisa Ascencio, two community members who are also college students.
As the night went on, the Tejano Sound Band took the stage, and the dance floor filled up with people dancing to the infectious rhythms of Tejano music. The band played a mix of classic Tejano hits and modern Latin songs, which kept the crowd dancing well into the night.
Throughout the evening, there was a steady supply of delicious food, including tacos, fruit, nachos, rice, beans, tres leches cake, and more. The food was a testament to the rich culinary traditions of Mexico, and it was a fitting tribute to Chavez and Huerta, who were both passionate about food justice and access to healthy food for all.
The Chavez Huerta event was a beautiful celebration of two remarkable activists, and it brought people together to honor their achievements and continue their work. It was a testament to the power of community and the importance of coming together to fight for social justice and workers’ rights. The Latinx should be commended for hosting such a successful event, which will undoubtedly inspire people to continue the fight for a more just and equitable world.
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