Baldemar Velasquez, president and founder of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO, will be the keynote speaker at the eighth annual Cesar Chavez Lecture at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 7. The free lecture, "Chavez Legacy, Still Alive!" will be in Pierson Auditorium, Atterbury Student Success Center, 5000 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.
Velasquez is an internationally recognized leader in the farm worker and immigrant rights movements. After graduating from college â€” the first in his family to do soâ€” he founded the Farm Labor Organizing Committee to address the injustices suffered by his family and other farm workers. Under his leadership, the organization has set international precedents in labor history, including being the first union to negotiate multiparty collective bargaining agreements and the first to represent H2A international workers until a labor agreement.
The annual Cesar Chavez Lecture commemorates the struggle for humane working conditions, dignity, equality and access to opportunity for everyone. Chavez's efforts to organize workers against unfair labor practices and unhealthy working conditions continue today.
The event is free and open to the public; however, registration is required. Free parking is available on the fifth and sixth levels of the Cherry Street Garage, 5000 Cherry St. For additional information, call 816-235-6704.