Cesar Chavez's legacy

Posted Friday, Apr. 19, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Robert Kai's Wednesday letter, "Honoring Chavez," which stated that Cesar Chavez was an activist for "migrant workers in California" and that "he did little for Texas," diminishes his accomplishments and contributions to our nation, not simply to a state and a certain group.

He was a civil-rights activist who helped force needed changes in our country. His efforts transcend state borders. He was more than a union leader; he was an agent of improvement and hope.

Cesar Chavez deserves recognition, whether it is naming a highway after him or designating a state holiday in his honor, which Texas does March 31. How could he be revered enough to have a holiday named after him, yet the idea of naming a stretch of highway for him riles so many?

I applaud Sen. Wendy Davis for her efforts to honor Chavez. In examining her record, you would be disingenuous to accuse her of "pandering to the Hispanic community." Honoring him is honoring the American ideal and his courage to stand up for what is right. All of us should take pride in recognizing such a figure.

-- Ben Hammons, Fort Worth

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