Last Thursday, March 17, The Potter’s House middle schoolers, middle school faculty, and administration participated in a silent social justice march, honoring the legacy of César E. Chávez.

Who is César E. Chávez?

In order to understand the significance of this walk, it is important to reflect on what César Chávez stood for and the symbol that he is today. César was an American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist, who co-founded the United Farm Workers union, UFW. The bulk of his activism focused on worker rights and made the largest waves from 1952-1976.

Chávez was an aggressive leader, but he balanced that with nonviolent means. His desire was to end the mistreatment and abuses experienced by farm workers. What Chávez did was make our nation take notice of this injustice.  As a Mexican American, Chávez has become one of the best known Latino American civil rights activists. After his death he became a symbol of support for workers and for Hispanic empowerment based on grassroots organizing.

Activities the day of the march:

The César E. Chávez Social Justice march started at 11AM, and began at The Potter’s House school at the corner of Grandville SW and Van Raalte Dr SW. The march headed north to The Edge Urban Fellowship, at 735 Ritzema Ct SW.

While students only participated in the march, the rest of the participants continued their day with a community gathering at The Edge Urban Fellowship, featuring Pastor “PE” Troy Evans. State Board of Education member Kathleen Straus was  also honored for her many years of dedicated service to education in the state of Michigan. The day ended with a unity luncheon at Maya Mexican Grill, 1020 28th St SW in Wyoming.

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