César Chávez was a Chicano leader who fought for civil rights and the labor movement in the 20th century, and his legacy holds a special place in Denver. Our city commemorated Chávez’s birthday as a holiday more than 20 years ago, many years before it was declared a national holiday in 2014. Each year, this holiday falls on the last Monday of March.
The César E. Chávez Peace and Justice Committee of Denver, an important group that has pushed for broader recognition of Chávez, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Dolores Huerta, another labor leader who fought with Chávez and helped coin the saying, “Sí se puede,” will be a keynote speaker at the event on Saturday, March 27.
The committee has organized César Chávez Day marches since 2001 and accomplished many commemorative goals, including naming a park in the Auraria neighborhood after César Chávez in 2005 and unveiling a commemorative statue in 2015.
DPS recognizes the significance of the Chicano and labor movements to civil rights, and the importance of César Chávez Day.