Life of César Chávez celebrated at LCC
By Ashlee Buhler
Editor in Chief
A group of students and members of the LCC community came to the Centre for Engaged Inclusion to celebrate César Chávez Day on Thursday, March 28.
Refreshments including popcorn and tamales were available for attendees to enjoy. Members of Voces De La Comunidad (Community Voices) spoke about the many achievements of César Chávez and the contributions he made to the Latinx community.
Voces de la Comunidad is a non-profit organization that works toward creating an inclusive and welcoming community for all.
“This particular group of people were involved in the name changing of Grand River Avenue to César Chávez Avenue back in 2017,” said Francisca Garcia, vice chair of the organization. “Some of us already knew each other and some of us met along the way, but that’s what brought us together.
“In that movement and in that struggle that we were going through, we realized that there was a group of voices here in the Lansing area that were not being heard. We decided that we wanted to be that voice.”
During the event, attendees split into small groups to collaborate and do some research on César Chávez. The goal of the activity was to see which group could put the most information on the timeline that was posted on the wall.
Once everyone returned to their seats, the groups shared and discussed the information they learned about Chávez.
Psychology major Ferris Blackwell, 18, said she heard about the event from some friends she studies with in the César Chávez Center. She shared why she was interested in coming to the celebration.
“I’ve always been into diversity because I came from a diverse school,” Blackwell said. “I think because I’m also researching my own cultural background, I wanted to learn more about others.”
For more information on Voces de la Communidad and how it serves the Latinx community, visit https://www.vocesdelacomunidad.org.