Our U.S. civil society celebrates many persons through federal and state holidays. Relatively few of these persons represent the Latinx community.
To honor César Estrada Chávez, César Chávez Day was proclaimed a state holiday in 2000 and a federal holiday in 2008, to be observed on March 31 of every year “with appropriate service, community and educational programs to honor César Chávez’s enduring legacy.”
Like Chávez, Dolores Clara Fernández Huerta is a major historical icon and symbol of empowerment for the Latinx community. The names of Chávez and Huerta are synonymous with social justice in the Latinx community.
On April 10, 2018, the Board of Trustees of the Fort Worth ISD, under the leadership of then-President Jacinto “Cinto” Ramos, Jr., made history by becoming the first school district in Texas to declare a student holiday and day of community service in honor of César Estrada Chávez and Dolores Clara Fernández Huerta.
On May 23, 2018, the Board of Directors of the Mexican American School Boards Association passed a resolution in support of encouraging Texas school districts to honor César Chávez & Dolores Huerta through a student holiday and/or day of community service.
Here are some resources for districts that might consider honoring a student holiday and/or day of community service in honor of leaders from the Latinx community. The list concludes with the Texas Education Agency’s Historical Figures Rubric, which includes a number of Latinx leaders who might be celebrated by the students in our Texas public schools.
June 24, 2018 Houston ISD Board resolution
To add resources to this list, please contact MASBA Executive Director Dr. Jayme Mathias at firstname.lastname@example.org.