César Chávez at work in the community garden at La Paz in Keene, California by Cathy Murphy, 1976. Photo reprinted with permission of the César E. Chávez Foundation and Cathy Murphy.
One of the great civil rights leaders of the 20th century, Cesar Chávez experienced the hardships of being a migrant farm worker and the sting of racial discrimination. He spent his life advocating for the rights of farmworkers and dedicated himself to community organizing activities and later founded the first farm workers’ union.
On Nov. 12, internationally famed photographer David Bacon opened In His Own Words: The Life and Work of César Chávez, an exhibit featuring 38 photographs paired with excerpts from Chávez’s dynamic speeches, interviews, and authoritative writings.
The exhibit will be on display at the Saint Louis Public Library, Carnegie Room, 1301 Olive St., 63103 from Nov. 12 to Dec. 12. Hours are Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The free exhibit that documents Chávez’s remarkable life and career is also part of the celebration of the 10th anniversary of MIRA.
In His Own Words: The Life and Work of César Chávez is an exhibition by Humanities Texas, a state affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities. It is available in St. Louis as part of the Missouri Latinos Initiative, a joint project made possible by the Diversity Committee of the St. Louis Public Library, Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates (MIRA), the Missouri Humanities Council and the Hispanic Arts Council. For more information, please visit missourilatinos.org.
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