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Latino leaders, struggle portrayed in art

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You have likely heard of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, but you may not have seen them this way before. At the Columbia Heights Learning Center on March 25, the civil rights leaders were portrayed in art made by students using charcoal, ebony and conte pencils on 90-pound drawing paper.


This was the 10th year of the Cesar E. Chavez March for Justice Student Art Show. It was first initiated by Noe Garza and Rose Vera, teachers at Columbia Heights Elementary School, as a way to educate students about the cause of the farm workers movement. It transformed into an official event of the Cesar E. Chavez March for Justice Week which takes place around his birthday on March 31.


Every year, a different art medium is used as students learn about the legacy of Chavez and Huerta who founded and organized the United Farm Workers Union to help fight the injustices that fell upon the farm workers.


This year’s artwork will be on display at the Cesar E. Chavez Legacy and Education Foundation Scholarship Gala on March 29. Special guests will include former Mayor Henry Cisneros, Mayor Julian Castro and Congressman Joaquin Castro. The art will also be part of the pre-march festivities on March 30.