Texas A&M University-Kingsville

University is Site of Cesar E. Chavez Walk

KINGSVILLE - March 19, 2009

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361.593.2590

Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s Pre-Law Society will again sponsor several events that lead up to the Fifth Annual Cesar E. Chavez March at noon, Friday, March 27.

The first event will be Art Day beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in the Jernigan Library. Santa Barraza, art professor at A&M-Kingsville, will act as mistress of ceremonies and discuss art that depicts the struggle of the farm workers.  

The walk will begin at the Nolan Ryan Baseball Field and end at the Memorial Student Union Building Courtyard. T-shirts will be given free to the first 100 participants. Marchers will continue to the front of the Memorial Student Union Building where there will be a short ceremony featuring District 35 State Rep. Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles of Alice. Dr. Michelle Johnson-Vela, associate professor in language and literature, will act as mistress of ceremonies.

The third event for the week is the Cesar Chavez Blood Drive Challenge. The bloodmobile will be adjacent to the Memorial Student Union Building from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, the anniversary of Chavez’ birthday. The campus CAMP program will challenge other student groups to donate blood.

The Cesar Chavez March honors the historic 350-mile pilgrimage from Delano to Sacramento, California which drew national attention to the plight of farm workers in the United States.

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