KEENE, Calif. — On October 8, 2012, over 6,000 people descended upon Villa La Paz — the home, operational headquarters and final resting place of civil rights leader Cesar Chavez — for President Barack Obama’s dedication of the César Chávez National Monument. They came from throughout the country to see this 187-acre property in the foothills of the Tehachapi Mountains take its place among national monuments such as the Statue of Liberty and the Grand Canyon.
Although the dedication was celebratory in tone, many in attendance acknowledged that the dreams Chávez had for farm workers have not been entirely fulfilled.
By Coachella Unincorporated, youth media project of New America Media
Photography: Ivan Delgado, Aurora Saldivar, Johnny Flores
Digital Production: Ivan Delgado