Fashionable snowbird state park to host digital celebration of civil rights chief

New plaques in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park describe events that took place when César Chávez came to Borrego Springs in 1966 to support local farm workers.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park will host a virtual unveiling of four bilingual interpretive panels on Wednesday March 31st at 10 a.m. on the California State Parks and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Facebook pages. These panels describe the events that took place in 1966 when prominent civil rights activist César Chávez came to Borrego Springs to assist local farm workers in their efforts to elect a union of their choice and the role of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and park staff .

The unveiling, which was scheduled for April 2020 as a personal event, has been postponed due to COVID-19. The park staff recognized the importance of the event and decided to host a virtual event this year.

The event will include speeches by Paul Chávez, son of César Chávez and President of the César Chávez Foundation. Ruben Andrade, Superintendent of the National Monument to César E. Chávez; and Armando Quintero, director of California State Parks. There will be a panel discussion with Bill Chandler, Gilbert Padilla, Marcos Munoz and Reverend Chris Hartmire who worked with César Chavez in Borrego Springs.

After the live panel discussion, a recorded guided tour of key locations hosting events under the direction of the Borrego Springs High School and visiting students’ certified interpretation guide will be posted.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California near the Salton Sea is a popular winter destination for RV snowbirds.

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