Memphis Public Libraries will kick-off National Hispanic Heritage Month with an exhibition honoring Cesar Chavez. The exhibit is free, open to the public during extended library hours, and will be on display September 15 – October 22 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Avenue.
Photojournalist Jose Galvez will present a photo-slide lecture presentation about his curated photo-art exhibit titled Cesar’ Chavez-A Legacy. This presentation will be held during the Randolph Library Block Party Saturday, September 16, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Randolph Branch Library, 3752 Given Ave. Galvez has played many roles throughout his professional journey. In 1984, he was on a team of reporters and photographers that won a Pulitzer Prize for a series on Latino life in southern California: the first Chicanos to win the Prize. Mr. Galvez was present for many of César’s actions and with his craft has had the opportunity to capture efforts championed on behalf of labor.
“Visitors will experience how Chavez’s career and life continues to impact principles of today’s diverse society,” says Keenon McCloy, director of the Memphis Public Libraries. “Many Memphis residents will have the opportunity to witness an exclusive preservation of Hispanic culture through this exhibit.” This exhibit will be displayed in three parts and includes an overview of Chavez’s career, including a behind-the-scenes look at the farm worker protests, César’s fasts on behalf of workers, and moving images of Chávez’s funeral.
The official opening reception will take place from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. after the block party and is offered in collaboration with La Prensa Latina and iHeartMedia.
By Jerica Webster