LANSING, Mich. – Lansing Community College Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Cesar Chavez Learning Center will hold the 11th Annual Cesar Chavez Day Celebration at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 31. The event will be held virtually.
Chavez founded the National Farm Workers Association (which became the United Farm Workers of America) and won many important victories in the late 1960s and 1970s to raise pay, and improve working conditions for farmers.
A believer in the nonviolent tactics of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., Chavez launched a strike against California’s grape growers in 1965 that lasted five years and led to a nationwide boycott of California grapes. His campaign included a 340-mile march and a 25-day hunger strike. The strike and boycott ended with farmworkers reaching a collective bargaining agreement with major grape growers that increased their pay and gave them the right to unionize. “The fight is never about grapes or lettuce,” Chavez said. “It is always about people.”
The celebration will include speakers Diana Rivera, Dr. Nino Rodriguez, and Elena Herrada. There will be a special performance by the Everett High School Dance Team and Latino Student Organization. This event is free and open to the public.
Please join us in celebration of Cesar Chavez on what would have been his 94th birthday. To learn more about the 11th Annual Cesar Chavez Day Celebration, and to obtain the link to join the celebration online, visit our event website.
About Lansing Community College
Lansing Community College, founded in 1957, is one of the largest community colleges in Michigan, serving more than 23,000 students across a six-county area each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from five partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit lcc.edu.
Lansing Community College is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and equal education for all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, creed, ancestry, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, familial status, marital status, military status, veteran’s status, or other status as protected by law, or genetic information that is unrelated to the person’s ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position or that is unrelated to the person’s ability to participate in educational programs, courses, services or activities offered by the college.
The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Officer, Washington Court Place, 309 N. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1730; Employee Coordinator 504/ADA, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1875; Student Coordinator 504/ADA, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1885; Lori Willett, Human Resource Manager/Title IX Coordinator, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1870; Christine Thompson, Student Title IX Coordinator, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1261.