‘Cesar Chavez (born César Estrada Chávez, locally: [ˈsesaɾ esˈtɾaða ˈtʃaβes]
; March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993) was an American farm worker, labor leader
and civil rights
activist, who, with Dolores Huerta
, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers
As a senator, Barack Obama
made a call in 2008 for a national holiday in Chavez’s honor, saying: “Chavez left a legacy as an educator, environmentalist, and a civil rights leader. And his cause lives on. As farm workers and laborers across America continue to struggle for fair treatment and fair wages, we find strength in what Cesar Chavez accomplished so many years ago. And we should honor him for what he’s taught us about making America a stronger, more just, and more prosperous nation. That’s why I support the call to make Cesar Chavez’s birthday a national holiday. It’s time to recognize the contributions of this American icon to the ongoing efforts to perfect our union.” (Senator Barack Obama March 31, 2008)
Grassroots organizations continue to advocate to create a national holiday. On March 30, 2011, President Obama reiterated his support for the cause: “Cesar Chavez’s legacy provides lessons from which all Americans can learn.”
Cesar Chavez Day has been celebrated in Reno, Nevada
, since 2003. A state law passed in 2009 (AB 301) requires Nevada’s governor to annually issue a proclamation declaring March 31 as Cesar Chavez Day.
On March 28, 2014, President Obama used his authority to proclaim March 31 as the national Cesar Chavez Day(source
No school today, Monday, April 1, 2019. Regular Tuesday schedule on 4/2/19.