Strikes, pickets, boycotts, fasts, and arrests all happened in the United Farmworkers’ fight for justice and equality. As we celebrate Cesar Chavez’s Day of Service, we will focus on the farmworker’s movement and how it, along with the Vietnam war, served as an impetus for the Chicano Movement. What were the common goals of these movements and why does the struggle continue today, it will be discussed. There will also be a focus on the role of women in these struggles. Questions and a lively discussion from participants are encouraged.
Dr. Lea Ybarra has a doctorate in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and has done post-doctoral work at Harvard, where she was also a Scholar in Residence. After 45 years in higher education, she recently retired from Johns Hopkins University, where she taught and was Executive Director of the Center for Talented Youth. The Center has students from 120 countries, and she established programs throughout the world. Dr. Ybarra has received many awards for her teaching and community service and is the author of several books, including “Americanos: Latino Life in the U.S,” co-edited with Edward James Olmos.