California State University, Stanislaus will host its 15th César E. Chávez Memorial Celebration on Thursday.
The celebration, free and open to the public, will begin with a 5 p.m. reception in the university quad. It will move inside if rain falls.
Dancers from Balet Folclórico, Los Falcones and Waterford After-School Danza Folc-lórico Mexicana will perform. Parents and children will have an opportunity to make their own United Farm Workers flag, and participate in a 6 p.m. march based on events in Chávez's life, led by the student theater club Teatro Los Hijos del Campo.
The main program at the Event Center runs from 6:25 to 8 p.m.:
The keynote speaker will be Esteban Villa, artist, master muralist and co-founder of the Sacramento-based artists collective, Royal Chicano Air Force. Villa will discuss the mutual regard the artists of the RCAF and Chávez had for each other.
Poster and essay contest winners for the junior high and high school divisions will be announced and entries displayed. Mujeres La- tinas of Stanislaus County is supporting this contest.
The Higher Education Poster Contest winners honoring Chávez will be announced for CSU, Stanislaus, students. This contest is supported by the Latino Business Association of Modesto.
Mariachi Rayos del Sol from César Chávez High School of Stockton will perform.
Chávez organized thousands of farmworkers in the 1960s and 1970s, and started a boycott and strike that brought farmworkers union representation and the Agricultural Labor Relations Act in 1975. He died in 1993.