El Día de los Muertos
El Día de los Muertos is the annual celebration of the Latin American tradition of All Souls Day. El Centro Chicano y Latino's recognition of this sacred Amerindian remembrance of the dead includes the creation of our own version of a traditional altar in the lounge with photos of deceased loved ones, food and drink, flowers, candles and other offerings to the spirits of those who have passed away. A program concludes the observance featuring Teatro Xicano, poetry and music all performed by students and community members. The program is co-sponsored by various departments and student organizations on campus.
Cesar Chavez Commemoration
Look for the annual Cesar Chavez Commemoration late in winter or early spring quarter. The Chavez Commemoration is a tribute to the late founder and leader of the United Farm Workers whose tireless struggle on behalf of the farm workers for decent wages and working conditions was an inspiration to us all. The program has combined a cultural celebration with an art and essay contest for local junior high and high school students.
Previous programs have featured performances and talks by renowned artistas/activistas including: James Edward Olmos; Mourice Mourdane; Reverend Jesse L. Jackson; Lt. Governor of the State of California, Cruz Bustamante; Quetzal; Ozomatli; El Teatro Campesino; Luis Valdez; Culture Clash; Rosamaria Apodaca; Agustin Lira; and Dr. Loco's Rockin' Jalapeño Band.