Partners honor activists at César Chávez event


José Reyna. Courtesy Committee to Honor César E. Chávez

A group of community partners have honored the legacy of civil rights activist César Chávez and recognized three change-makers.

The Committee to Honor César E. Chávez, Grand Rapids Public Museum and a Unity Committee consisting of local colleges hosted the 2017 César E. Chávez "5 de mayo" Celebration this month at the public museum.

“The museum (was) a fitting place for this historical event,” said Dale Robertson, president and CEO, Grand Rapids Public Museum. “We believe in the value of working together to share stories and lessons that inspire and expand cultural opportunities for all.”

Three community members were honored at the event for their service and social justice work in West Michigan: Andrés Abreu, editor-in-chief of El Vocero Hispano; Carol Hennessy, Kent County commissioner for the 14th district; and José Reyna, community health programs director for Spectrum Health.

A number of colleges supported the event, including Aquinas College, Calvin College, Kendall College of Art and Design, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University Grand Rapids.

Proceeds from ticket sales benefited the Lupe Ramos-Montigny “Si Se Puede” Legacy Endowed Scholarship at GVSU.

Scholarships will be awarded in October to Hispanic students who are pursuing college degrees. 

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