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Essay Description

Each student will write a maximum 500 word essay related to one of the topics discussed below for the 2011 Cesar Chavez Essay Contest. Each essay must include at least three high quality sources (at least one in Spanish) with proper parenthetical citation and works cited entries. Official directions include the following statement, “All eligible entries received by the dates specified will be judged equally on the following criteria: clarity of thought, creativity, practicality, accuracy of content, potential to improve the lives of children and potential to draw attention to policies that help young people. The decisions of the judges will be final and binding on all participants.” Complete guidelines are available here.

(1) Why are farm workers important in Georgia?

(2) César Chávez & Rev. Martin L. King, Jr. both believed in peaceful nonviolent protests. Why was this ideology important to the civil rights movement?

(3) How has Cesar Chavez influenced you life and what impact will his work have on your future?

(4) Why should we have a national holiday honoring César Chávez?

Cesar Chavez, the California farm labor organizer, from the video: California: A Tribute

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      "Chavez, Cesar." National Archives and Records Administration. American History Online. Facts On File, Inc.

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