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Feb. 20, 2018

Civil rights icon Dolores Huerta joins MSU's eighth annual César E. Chávez commemorative celebration

MSU will host its eighth annual César E. Chávez Commemorative Celebration on Feb. 27. The day of events honors Chávez's life and work as a labor leader and civil rights activist, and highlights leaders from MSU and the greater Lansing community.

This year's celebration, "Building Inclusive Communities," begins with a student leadership conference and community leadership luncheon, set for 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. respectively, in the auditorium and Big Ten Room A of the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center.

The luncheon will include the annual César E. Chávez Community Leadership Awards as well as a keynote address by Dolores Huerta, a renowned civil rights leader who worked alongside Chávez for racial and labor justice. Huerta, a 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree, is also the subject of the documentary, "Dolores." In conjunction with her visit, Huerta will participate in a screening of the movie and discussion in WKAR Studios at 7 p.m.

The commemorative celebration also includes a community unity march from the Kellogg Center to Beaumont Tower at 1:15 p.m. Following the march, event participants are encouraged to visit the Chávez Collection Exhibit, "Michigan and the Movement," at 2:30 p.m. in the MSU Library.

All events are free, but online registration is required. Requests for accommodations and general questions can be directed to or (517) 353-4563.

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