Cesar E. Chavez March Returns to In-Person Event After COVID Pause

SAN ANTONIO – For the first time in two years, the Cesar E. Chavez March for Justice will be held in person in downtown San Antonio.

The Grand Marshals for the 26th Annual Saturday Morning March are Erika Prosper Nirenberg, First Lady of San Antonio, and Paul Chavez, son of Cesar E. Chavez and President and CEO of the Cesar Chavez Foundation.

Ahead of Saturday’s march, Nirenberg visited local schools to speak with students about Chavez’s influence and legacy.

“As much as it was about fighting for justice for all workers, it was really about reminding everyone that humans exist and do this work to move us forward in life,” Nirenberg said.

Nirenberg grew up in a farm hand family with an immigrant background. She hopes these children can learn the value of hard work and education.

“We didn’t really know much, except that you have better chances when you graduate from high school. As I got older, college gave you an even better chance,” Nirenberg said.

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Paul Chavez said San Antonio has always been a place that has welcomed the farmworker movement with open arms, starting with his father, and he is excited for the march’s return.

“We can gather under the banner of my father’s legacy, march and commemorate him, but also celebrate the work of all the good people of San Antonio,” Chavez said.

While the march honors Cesar Chavez’s legacy, Paul Chavez says it’s also a bridge for younger generations to spread his message.

“It’s that, combined with the continuation of going out and reaching out to the less fortunate. By doing both, we honor my father’s legacy in the way that would make him proudest and happiest,” Chavez said.

The march is also a reminder of what can be achieved.

“I remind kids, especially Latino kids in San Antonio where we’re 68% Hispanic, that people in power can look like them,” Nirenberg said.

“A big part of his job was just fighting for opportunities so kids would grow up and have the opportunity to move forward and achieve their dreams,” Paul Chavez said.

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This year’s march also coincides with the city’s first official holiday on Thursday, March 31, to honor the civil rights icon.

“The fact that this is also the first year that the City of San Antonio employees are celebrating Cesar Chavez Day makes it even more special,” said Paul Chavez. “It validates the work that he and so many other people have done over the years, the work that they have dedicated their lives to.”

Click here for more information on Saturday’s Cesar E. Chavez March for Justice.

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