Students learn about Cesar Chavez from IUSB and Ivy Tech volunteers

Thursday hundreds of students in South Bend learned a little bit about a national leader that fought for farm workers' rights.

Around 60 students and faculty members from the IUSB and Ivy Tech read to students about Cesar Chavez.

He was known as an American farm worker,.labor leader and civil rights activist.

He co-founded the National Farm Workers Association.

In the 70's he led some of the largest farming strikes, working for better migrant worker pay.

Students talked about the ten values that shaped his life and how these same values can guide their own. They also talked how his leadership is still timely today.

“Undocumented workers are some of the most needy in our community because they don't have the protections that other workers have and we need to figure out a way to reform our immigration system,” says IUSB history professor Dr. Monica Tetzlaff.

Chavez spent most of his time in California, Texas, and Arizona. He did visit South Bend in the 70s.

On Friday students will gathered to build a unity garden in his honor.

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