Thoughout the month of May, the Library gallery presents: In His Own Words: The Life and Work of CĂ©sar ChĂˇvez, an exhibition produced by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. â€śIn His Own Wordsâ€ť is made possible by a We the People grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Throughout his youth and into young adulthood, CĂ©sar ChĂˇvez experienced the hardships of being a migrant farm worker and the sting of racial discrimination. Motivated by a dream of justice and equality, ChĂˇvez dedicated himself to community organizing activities and, later, to founding the first farm workersâ€™ 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, ChĂˇvez 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, â€śIn His Own Wordsâ€ť documents the full course of ChĂˇvezâ€™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.