Delano Grape Strike 50th anniversary

Javier Valdes, Copy Editor


The Bakersfield College campus will be celebrating the Delano Grape Strike’s 50th anniversary with a series of campus-wide events that illustrate the plight that sparked the farm labor movement of the 20th century.

The Sept. 23-25 events will serve as a reflective for the Delano Grape Strike, which led to the multiethnic farm laborer’s union, the United Farm Workers.

The events range from a community dialogue focusing on environmental justice organizing in the 21st century, a panel presentation and discussion featuring Stephen Pitti and Raymond Rast, a book talk with Lauren Araiza on the black freedom struggle and the United Farm Workers, and a performance of Gary Soto’s “In and Out of Shadows,” a musical about the lives and experiences of a group of undocumented teenagers.

The anniversary celebration will conclude with a Sept. 26 all-day celebration organized by the United Farm Workers. The event will take place at the, now national historic landmark, Forty Acres complex just west of Delano.

The event will feature performances from the ’65 strike, by the renowned Teatro Campesino and Danny Valdez. Those attending can also visit historic exhibits at the Forty Acres complex.