Published by Cinco Puntos Press on 2000
Genres: Juvenile Nonfiction, Biography & Autobiography, General, Cultural Heritage, Political, Poetry
The heroic life of labor and civil rights activist César Chávez greatly influenced the political and creative thinking of famed Chicano novelist Rudolfo Anaya. After Chávez' death in 1992, Anaya wrote this poem eulogizing the man and his life's work. Echoing Shelley's elegy on the death of John Keats, the poem expresses the grief of la gente, but closes by calling all peoples together to continue the non-violent struggle for freedom and justice. The book--endorsed by the César Chávez Foundation--includes an essay by Anaya detailing the effect that Chávez had on his own vision and a chronology of Chávez' life. Powerful super realistic illustrations by Gaspar Enriquez bring home the significance of César Chávez to the American cultural landscape.
"César Chávez' accomplishments in fighting for the rights of farm workers, civil rights, environmental justice, and non-violence stand next to two of the 20th century's greatest leaders--Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."--Carlos Santana
Rudolfo Anaya (his classic novel Bless Me, Ultima has 1,000,000-plus in print) has earned international acclaim for his skillful mingling of realism, fantasy and myth while exploring the experiences of Hispanics in the American Southwest. Besides being the author of numerous novels and children's books, Mr. Anaya has been called "the godfather of Chicano literature" and "un hijo del pueblo" for his work as an activist for the literature of his people and his region. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Artist Gaspar Enriquez is nationally known for his super-realistic, airbrush paintings of young men and women from the barrios of his hometown El Paso. Using the same technique, he collaged images of César Chávez, farm workers, police, newspaper article, fields of grapes and icons of La Raza and Aztlen to create the ambiance of the life and times of this hero.