“Stories of Cesar Chavez” April 19 at UW-Parkside
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Politics, Philosophy, and Law Department presents the one-man show "The Stories of Cesar Chavez" Thursday, April 19, on the campus located at 900 Wood Rd. in Kenosha. Written and performed by Fred Blanco, this story of one man's fight for the equality and dignity of all people begins at 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre of the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities.
Cesar Chavez became a leader among Mexican-Americans when he and Dolores Huerta formed the United Farm Workers (UFW) Movement. Chavez fought for the rights of migrant farm laborers in the United States but his message was heard by all marginalized people regardless of ethnicity, race, or nationality.
"Cesar's story needs to be told. The few times his life has been written about and dramatized will never be enough," said Blanco. "What could be more worthwhile than telling the story of a man who is so highly respected by Latinos and so worthy of being understood and respected by everyone? His legacy isn't just for Chicanos or Latinos. It is for all people."
Blanco added that Chavez's served as a voice for millions of unrepresented and under-represented people in the U.S. and around the world.
"His phrase 'Si, se puede'--'Yes, you can'--is a rallying cry for all groups who seek change," he said.
Admission to this fascinating portrayal of Cesar Chavez is free and everyone is invited to attend.
The UW-Parkside Politics, Philosophy, and Law Department is joined by the University's Center for International Studies, the Center for Ethnic Studies, Women and Gender Studies, the departments of Sociology/Anthropology, Communication,and Theatre Arts, the Lecture and Fine Arts Committee, and the College of Arts and Sciences in sponsoring this event.For more information about the program, call 262-595-2177.