Cesar Chavez Day celebration in Lansing Friday

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Each year Michigan State University, greater Lansing and East Lansing communities come together to honor the life and work of civil rights activist Cesar E. Chavez and Dolores Huerta.

The celebration took place Friday at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing.

People attending took part in a question and answer session, free lunch, and an award ceremony.

"They need to be given role models. It's hard for a student to succeed when he or she doesn't see themselves represented in an institution,"
said Paulo Gordillo, associate director of the Education Talent Search program at MSU.

This year's celebration kicked off acknowledging the 70th anniversary of "The Longoria Affair," with a special screening of a documentary paying tribute to the Texas civil rights case that fought for segregation and equal rights in 1965.