Tribute to celebrate activist’s life

SAN BENITO — Dive into the life of one of the most well-known Mexican-American activists, Cesar Chavez.

This Friday, the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center will pay tribute to the labor leader and civil activist who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association more than 50 years ago.

Open to the public, the free event will feature a presentation on Chavez, followed by a discussion and reception.

Rogelio Nunez, from the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center, said Brownsville resident and scholar, Jose Angel Gutierrez will present during the event.

Gutierrez is a fellow activist who worked closely with Chavez during the Chicano Movement more than 40 years ago.

Nunez said Gutierrez is currently working on publishing a book, “The Eagle Has Eyes: The FBI Surveillance of Cesar Estrada Chavez & The United Farm Workers Union of America, 1965-1975,” that details the life of Chavez during a certain time in his life.

“It won’t be available on the day but he will do a presentation and present some information about Chavez,” Nunez said.

Gutierrez’s book will not be released until May 1.

Nunez said it is critical for a book like Gutierrez’s to be published and important to have a scholar of his stature to present the information on Chavez’s life.

“He has all this experience,” Nunez said.

The tribute is scheduled the weekend of what would have been Chavez’s 91st birthday.

While the center has held events dedicated to honoring historic figures within the Mexican-American community, this is the first tribute held to honor Chavez.

If you go

WHAT: Cesar Chavez Birthday Tribute

WHEN: Friday, March 23, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Getsemani Presbyterian Church, 140 Diaz St., San Benito