César E. Chávez & Dolores Huerta Celebration

2019 Theme: "Keeping the Momentum for Generations to Come"

Event flyer with details

Date and Location

Friday, March 15, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center
219 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing, MI 48823

Event Schedule

  • History of Latinx Music -- a panel discussion with Q&A - Kellogg Center Auditorium
  • Screening of the documentary "The Longoria Affair"-Kellogg Center Auditorium
  • Free Community Leadership luncheon. Space limited (registration required), Kellogg Center, Rooms Big Ten B & C
  • Luncheon keynote:  Ms. Daisy Wanda Garcia, daughter of Civil Rights activist and community leader, Dr. Hector P. Garcia, Kellogg Center, Rooms Big Ten B & C
  • Community Leadership Awards Program, Kellogg Center, Rooms Big Ten B & C
  • Chavez Collection Exhibit and Special Recognition of Diana Rivera, MSU Library

Online Luncheon Registration is required!

About the Event

Each year, the Michigan State University, Greater Lansing, and East Lansing communities come together to honor the life and work of labor leaders and civil rights activists César E. Chávez and Dolores Huerta with commemorative celebration.

To kick off this year's celebration, we are acknowledging the 70th Anniversary of the"The Longoria Affair" with a special screening of the documentary in the Auditorium, at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. We will follow the documentary with a free community luncheon (registration is required) and the Cesar Chavez Community Leadership Awards.

Documentary Description:

DVD cover for the documentary "The Longoria Affair"

Seventy years ago in Three Rivers, Texas the only funeral home in town refused to hold a wake for Felix Longoria, a decorated Mexican American soldier killed in battle during World War II. The owner told Longoria’s widow he couldn’t be waked in the funeral home because “The whites wouldn’t like it.” Those words became front page news across the country, sparking outrage and setting off a series of events that would come to be known as The Longoria Affair.

This John Valadez documentary tells the story about the Longoria family who fought against segregation and for equal rights. Join us and learn how this family's struggle and ultimate victory helped build a community by leading the way to the passing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Community Leadership Awards

The annual Cesar Chavez Community Leadership awards recognize people who work to uplift themselves and who serve the MSU and Lansing communities.

Nominations were submitted for the following categories: 

On Campus Community 

  • MSU Students
  • MSU Faculty
  • MSU Staff 

Off Campus Community

  • Students
  • Community Members

Special Recognition

Please join us in a special ceremony to honor a former MSU employee who deserves recognition for advancing knowledge and transforming lives at MSU for many years. The ceremony will take place following the Chavez/Huerta luncheon on Friday, March 15, 2019, 2:00PM, Main Libraries, at the Cesar E. Chavez Collection, First Floor.

Major Sponsors

This program would not be possible without the help of our many colleagues and friends who support diversity, equity and inclusion. The list continues to grow and we want to acknowledge and thank them all:

2019 Planning Committee:

  • Enrique Mendoza, Co-Chair
  • Lupe Dominguez, Co-Chair
  • Eric Juenke
  • John Valadez
  • Laurie Briseno
  • Lucinda Briones
  • Maria Serrato
  • Paulo Gordillo
  • Nino Rodriquez