Organizers Host March to Honor Civil Rights Leader Cesar Chavez

Organizers Host March to Honor Civil Rights Leader Cesar Chavez

By: Justin Kree

NewsWest 9

ODESSA - About 100 people took part in a march down Clements Street in Odessa. They marched to remember the legacy of civil rights leader Cesar Chavez.

The march was about a mile long and ended at Salinas Park where there was a rally to commemorate the life and legacy of Chavez. Families came out to show their children how important it is to fight for what you believe in.

"It's a part of history and apart of our culture. As they get involved more as they are growing up to get involved," parent, Julio Garcia, said. 

Chavez was a civil rights and farm labor leader who became an icon in the Hispanic community. He let his voice be heard for fair working conditions for those working in the fields.

Julio Garcia is a Vietnam vet, who actually marched with Cesar Chavez for equality for the field workers. He marched in California in 1973.

"Sacramento to protest at the capital. We also marched around Bakersfield. We had marches all the time protesting. To let the people know what we were doing," Garcia said.

He has the original flag and pictures from the marches.

At Salinas Park, the crowd heard from activists and city leaders who taught the crowd about Chavez' message of freedom and justice.

After the speeches, a mariachi band and dancing entertained the crowd in honor of Cesar Chavez. It was a good crowd for the second anniversary march but organizers hope for a bigger crowd next year. 

"We need their help to continue this. If we stop having events like this to remember Cesar Chavez, we will forget Cesar Chavez. So as long as the community is coming together to honor him, we will continue to do this," Organizer, Art Leal, said.
 
Cesar Chavez died in 1993. He was 66 years old.