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Cesar Chevez Day Programming 2011
KXCI Cesar Chavez Day Programming 2011 (37:31) 2011-03-30 Amanda Shauger
Cesar Chevez Day Programming 2011 UA PhD candidate Cruz Nicholas Medina shared this picture of his father Julian Medina and César Chávez. This photo hung in the family home and inspired Cruz to write a short poem. Cruz Nicholas Medina
KXCI is proud to present the voices of people who were inspired by Cesar Chavez. KXCI observed Arizona born labor leader César Chávez on Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 by asking Tucsonans to tell us about his impact on their lives and how they carry on his work today. We also interviewed Dolores Huerta while she was in Tucson for César Chávez week.

1 Supervisor Richard Elias 1
2 Dolores Huerta 1
3 Cruz Nicholas Medina, UA PhD Student
4 Dr. Roberto Rodriguez 1
5 Ted Prezelski
6 Dolores Huerta 2
7 Supervisor Richard Elias 2
8 UA Mathematics Professor William Yslas Vélez
9 Dolores Huerta 3
10 Supervisor Richard Elias
11 Alfonso Valenzuela, President, Cross Currents, International
12 Dr. Roberto Rodriguez 2
13 Camiliano Juarez, Arizona César Chávez Holiday Coalition

The historical struggles of César Chávez are still relevant today and many people in our border community continue to be inspired by his work.

You can listen to remarks made by Dolores Huerta, Dr. Roberto Rodriguez and Camiliano Juarez on a podcast of the March 30, 2011 edition of 30 Minutes here.

You can listen to a podcast of KXCI's 2010 tribute to César Chávez recordings here.


Arizonan César E. Chávez was a second generation American born in Yuma on March 31, 1927. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Mother Teresa, Chávez and his wife Helen and Dolores Huerta organized farm workers throughout California.  They fought for better working conditions, better wages and for just treatment of workers by striking, boycotting and marching for the United Farm Workers Union. César E. Chávez died peacefully in his sleep on April 23, 1993 in in San Luis, Arizona.