César E. Chávez Celebration Past Speakers/Play

2022

Ruth Fernandez, Executive Director, First 5 Contra Costa 

Kiku Johnson, Executive Director Rainbow Community Center

Marivel Mendoza-Matheu, President and Co-Founder, Hijas del Campo
2021

Arturo Cruz, Council Member City of San Pablo

Jane Garcia, Chief Executive Officer, La Clinica De La Raza

Mary Rocha, Trustee, Board of Education Antioch Unified School District
2020
Postponed
2019
Myra Padilla, Ph. D., Dean, Institutional Effectiveness & Equity, Contra Costa College
2018
Larry Sly, Executive Director of Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano
2017

Dr. Cesar A. Cruz, Ed. D, Educator, and

Dr. G. Reyes, Ph. D, scholar and activist
2016
Blanca Hernandez, Immigrants’ rights activist
2015
Frances Montalvo Palacios, president of Palacios Productions and founder of atruelatina.com
2014
Alvaro Ramirez, Ph. D., Professor, Department of Modern Languages St. Mary’s College
2013
Juan Coria, Deputy Regional Administrator, U.S. Department of Labor
2012
Maria Leticia Gomez, Journalist
2011
Blas G. Guerrero, PH. D., Dean of Student Development, Los Medanos College
2010
Jane C. Garcia, CEO of La Clinica De La Raza
2009
Gonzalo Rucobo, Bay Area Peacekeepers
2008

Jim Hernandez, youth Violence Prevention Specialist and

Johnny Rodriguez, One Day at a Time, Founder
2007
State Senator, Liz Figueroa (D-Fremont)
2006
Honorable Judge Maria Rivera
2005
Nicolas Vaca, PhD., Attorney-at-Law
2004
Ruben Rosalez, Assistant District Director U.S. Department of Labor
2003
Peter Garcia, President, Los Medanos College
2002
Dolores Huerta, VFW Co-founder with Cesar Chavez
2001
Paul R. Chavez, Grandson of Cesar Chavez
2000
Paul Ramirez, Federal Investigator, Department of Labor
1999
Teresa Delgado, 1st Granddaughter of Cesar Chavez
1998
Play, “Maria” written by Richard Martinez, Director of Contra Costa Housing Authority
1997
Play, “Los Regalos,” (The Gifts), written by Richard Martinez
1996
Play, “The Warriors,” written by Richard Martinez
1995
Play, “Abuelito, ¿Quién es Cesar?,” (Grandfather, Who is Cesar?) Latino Student Alliance, Diablo Valley College
1994
Ed Trujillo, Chair of Drama Department, Diablo Valley College