In His Own Words: The Life and Work of César Chávez, an exhibition
Throughout the month of May, the Round Rock Public Library gallery presents: In His Own Words: The Life and Work of César Chávez, an exhibition produced by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
“In His Own Words” is made possible by a We the People grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Throughout his youth and into young adulthood, César Chávez experienced the hardships of being a migrant farm worker and the sting of racial discrimination. Motivated by a dream of justice and equality, Chávez dedicated himself to community organizing activities and, later, to founding the first farm workers’ union. He developed strategies to affect the change he envisioned inspired by the principles of his parents, the teachings of Catholicism and his mentors and the study of successful civil rights leaders. Utilizing strikes, boycotts, marches and other nonviolent tactics, Chávez worked tirelessly to secure better pay, job safety, improved living conditions and other essential protections for farm workers.
Featuring 38 photographs paired with excerpts from his dynamic speeches, interviews and authoritative writings, “In His Own Words” documents the full course of Chávez’s remarkable career and examines the life experiences and philosophical influences that drove him to dedicate himself fully to improving the lives of American farm workers.
The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on display throughout the month of May.
For more information, or to schedule a group visit, please contact Kate Jarboe.
Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2012