Photo Essay by NICK ESTES
The National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque hosted the twentieth annual César Chávez Day march and festival this past Saturday, April 6, 2013. This year’s celebration was titled “Luchando, Educando, Celebrando: Recuerda a César Chávez,” and it drew more than one thousand marchers who joined with guest of honor and keynote speaker Dolores Huerta, to honor Chávez’s legacy. Huerta, who helped co-found the United Farm Workers Union (UFW) with Chávez, coined the UFW moniker “¡Sí, se puede!” and along with thousands of other braceros, activists, and UFW members, successfully organized farmworkers in California.
The celebration kicked off with a “March for Justice” at 10:30 in the morning that started at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Marchers paraded through downtown Albuquerque and looped back to the Center. The second half of the program consisted of dancing, an awards ceremony, and a musical performance by the B-Side Players.