The City of Inglewood and Inglewood Unified School District will celebrate the life and achievements of Cesar Chavez with a Unity March, Recognition Ceremony and Celebration on Saturday, March 22, 2008.
The Celebration will get underway at 10:00 a.m. at Hollywood Park Gate 8 (East of Prairie Avenue). The March will be led by State and local officials joined by residents and community groups. Marchers will leave the gates of Hollywood Park at 10:30 a.m. and will travel east on Pincay Drive to Darby Park (via the Pincay Drive entrance).
Immediately following the March, the celebration will continue at 11:00 a.m. on the grounds of Darby Park, located at 3400 West Arbor Vitae. The event will feature an inspiring keynote address by Richard Chavez, brother of the late Cesar E. Chavez. The guest of honor for this year’s event will be Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union. The City will honor Mrs. Huerta for all her hard work, dedication, and commitment in helping farm workers as well as serving as an advocate for immigrant workers rights.
The day’s festivities will include live performances by the all female band Mariachi Divas, Futuro Norteño, Gabriela Perez, Danza Huitzlilopochtli, Oak Street Ballet Folklorico dancers, El Venadito Estrada, and Fantasia Dance Ensemble.
Highlighting the celebration will be presentations by the dynamic winners of the Cesar Chavez Day speech contest. Winners were selected in four grade categories representing the early elementary (K-2), elementary (3-5), middle school (6-8) and high school (9-12) grade levels.
Activities have been planned for the entire family, including interactive and carnival style games, face painting, and arts and crafts. There will also be a soccer tournament featuring –the 5th Annual Cesar Chavez Day Cup.
For more information, please call the Cultural Office at 310-412-8700.