On the early morning of June 8, 2013 it was only fitting that a mass was performed by the Bishop of the diocese at Riverside’s historic church the cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine,
After the Mass – the March to Downtown Riverside
As the crowd marched the band begins to play and the people begin to sing the famous Mexican Folk Song, Des Colores. Following are the lyrics to famous song.
While marching the crowd is singing “Des Colores” proudly hoisting the American, California and flags of the farmworkers union. The March contains many notables from Riverside including ‘Mr. Mayor” Ron Loveridge, an early supporter of the Cesar Chavez statue. Marching along are Riverside Assembly Person and former educator and member of the Riverside Community College Board of Trustees, Jose Medina and our local Congressman Mark Takano, also a former educator and member of the Riverside Community College Board of Trustees. The weather was perfect on that Saturday morning in June.
The week prior to the unveiling there were all kinds of activities meant to engage the community. A play was performed, poetry was read and dances were performed. but most visual was the art show on the downtown mall. It was a week that not many Riversiders will soon forget because it culminated a collective effort to bring a statue of Cesar Chavez to downtown Riverside.
Art Show -Riverside the City of Arts and Innovation
Many members of LULAC Council 3190 were active participants in getting a statue of Cesar Chavez erected on the mall in downtown Riverside. The project itself was directed by LANET(The Latino Action Network). LANET a member of LULAC has several members in both organizations. The task wasn’t easy because the project alone required raising over $350,000, obtaining the permission of the city and choosing a design that members of the community would be proud to show the younger generations of the community, while sharing his valiant story. The civil rights leader had a long and storied connection to Riverside County, due to the county’s historical agricultural roots. Since Riverside is the County Seat of government it seemed only appropriate that the statue find a home on the mall along with other notable statues.
As a result there were many activities associated with final placement of the much deserved honor for an American Civil Rights Hero. This sight will show the many happening that took place along the way.
THE GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY ON THE DOWNTOWN RIVERSIDE MALL