|Pictured with Miranda (center) are Chavez's granddaughters Christine Chavez and Teresa Chavez Delgado and little Sophia Irlando, who is a second cousin of the Chavez family.|
Jaime Miranda, director of the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) at The University of Texas-Pan American, received a special invitation to participate in Cesar Chavez Day Wednesday, March 30 in Washington, D.C.
Christine Chavez, granddaughter of the well-known Latino civil rights activist, asked Miranda to join her at the White House South Court Auditorium for a celebration in honor of Chavez. Present were Chavez's grandchildren and other relatives; Hilda L. Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor; Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of Interior; and Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture; farm workers; service providers; and longtime advocates.
Miranda and other guests participated in a discussion on the legacy of Chavez and a special viewing of the movie "Common Man, Uncommon Vision: The Cesar Chavez Story".
Guests also had an opportunity at a reception to share their views about the impact Chavez had on our entire nation and how his legacy continues to live on.
At the reception, Miranda talked about the importance of UTPA programs that help migrant farm worker families break the poverty cycle and get a post secondary education.
Each guest will receive an official Presidential Proclamation signed by President Barack Obama proclaiming March 31 as Cesar Chavez Day.
CAMP, which started in 1972, assists migrant students in their first year of college with academic, personal, and financial support. UTPA's program is one of the first ones the U.S. Department of Education has sponsored.
For more information about CAMP, visit the program's website.