Late, but not forgotten: Because of my previous writing about murals, I was invited by TakePart to take a close look at a repeated icon in Latino/Chicano works: the UFW logo. That black eagle is filled with cultural history.
The black eagle would be present at every meeting, every march, and every strike. It was worn on hats protecting marchers from the sun, used on picket signs, or stenciled on homemade serapes. Everyone understood the meaning of the colors picked by Chávez, who according to UFW lore picked black to represent the darkness of the farmworker’s plight and the white to mean hope, all set against a red that signified the sacrifice expected from union workers.
The parent company for Take Part, Participate Media, was behind the 2014 film 'Cesar Chavez.' Take Part.
For The Record: In 2009, The Nevada Legislature approved a bill declaring March 31 as Cesar Chavez Day. On March 29, North Las Vegas held its first First Cesar Chavez Day Festival. On May 7, The R-J reported a portion of Pecos Road was kinda renamed after Chavez.
More From March: Reno Gazette Journal looked at Nevada's connection with César Chávez, and relayed a request to the public to help "fill in the historical record about his activities in those earliest days" in Nevada for a documentary.
ABOVE: Justin Favela's "Gypsy Rose Piñata." at Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
Photo courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum
Serigraph Print on Rives BFK, 18"x12"
Edition of 50