|Cesar Chavez, Duane Campbell|
On Thursday May 19, the Quality Instructional Materials committee of the California Board of Education made a decision to include the history of Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, Larry Itliong, and numerous other Chicano leaders and labor leaders in the textbooks for all children in California.
Because of California’s large size and market, what goes into California textbooks also goes into textbooks around the nation.
Many have participated in this effort. In the last decade It has been a primary effort working with Chicano scholars through the Mexican American Digital History project. We achieved the change by overcoming the inertia and by working on the California commissions and specific legislators.
This is a major step forward since for many, 51 % of all California students are descendants of Latinos. This is their doorway to civic participation- seeing themselves in the curriculum as a part of history. We have been working on this since 1986.
When we are really honest with ourselves, we must admit that our lives are all that really belong to us. So it is how we use our lives that determines what kind of people we are. ..I am convinced that the truest act of courage..is to sacrifice ourselves for others in a totally nonviolent struggle for justice.
Cesar Chavez (1927-1993)