Ohio Chautauqua's Modern Legends tour will showcase its second performer on Wednesday night under the big red and white tent located at the City Park.
On Wednesday night, June 13, at 7:30 PM, scholar Fred Blanco will present an in-character performance as Cesar Chavez, labor leader and civil rights activist.
Live music performed by CeeCee Miller will begin at 6:30 PM.
In the event of inclement weather, this performance will be held in the historic Ariel Opera House at 426 Second Avenue.
Cesar Chavez (March 31, 1927 -- April 23, 1993) was a labor and civil rights activist and reformer who, with Dolores Huerta, found the United Farm Workers labor union to protect the rights of migrant workers. Chavez brought national attention to his cause by organizing non-violent protests, boycotts, legislative reform efforts, and hunger strikes in the spirit of Gandhi and Martin Luther King. In 1968 he went on a widely publicized 25-day fast promoting non-violence, which ended with an outdoor Roman Catholic mass. For thirty years Chavez tenaciously devoted himself to the problems of some of the poorest workers in America. The movement he inspired succeeded in raising salaries and improving working conditions for farm workers in California, Texas, Arizona, and Florida.
Fred Blanco, active in theatre for 20 years, has appeared on stage and screen. His solo production, The Stories of Cesar Chavez, has reached theatre audiences for the last 12 years. He has also worked with the LAUSD and LA County Office of Education to bring theatre into the classroom. He has appeared as Chavez for Chautauquas around the country and currently produces various variety acts throughout Los Angeles.
Ohio Chautauqua is presented by the Ohio Humanities Council and is free and open to the public.