Monday, March 16, 2015
Press Release for C Is for Change's 1 year anniversary
C Is for Change Author Celebrates Cesar Chavez Day on March 31st and Book’s One Year Anniversary
Arlene AR Williams Promotes Cesar Chavez’s Vision of Social Justice
Seattle, WA – March 16, 2015 – Commit to a day of service, this Cesar Chavez day, to honor the life and legacy of civil rights leader Cesar Chavez's work for farm workers’ rights.
On March 31st, Cesar Chavez Day and Chavez's birthday, Arlene AR Williams, author of C Is for Change – The Story of Cesar Chavez, One Person Can Change Many Lives, celebrates the day by spreading his vision of social justice to children at local schools and partnering with the National Chavez Center in Keene, CA. Williams, also a local teacher, is simultaneously celebrating the one year anniversary of C is For Change, a multiple reading level picture book biography of Cesar Chavez.
The book was inspired by the legacy of Cesar Chavez, prominent civil rights activist in the Latino community, who courageously fought for the rights of farm workers by leading the non-violent United Farm Workers movement. Since the release of C Is for Change, Williams met with leadership of the United Farm Workers to join in their effort to promote Chavez’s vision of justice for farm workers. More recently, she visited several schools throughout Washington state, using C Is for Change to educate children on the struggle of the American farm worker during the past 60 years. The visits encouraged them to be part of social change for farm workers and in their communities.
“It is important to mark time with children, to celebrate and create traditions and use holidays as reminders to redirect their attention to what is important. I love reading C Is for Change to youth of all ages to help them learn American history and remember an amazing civil rights hero,” said author and illustrator Arlene AR Williams. “Sharing Chavez’s passion with the next generation is imperative. One of my favorite Cesar Chavez quotations in the book is, ‘Once social change begins it cannot be reversed.’”
President Barack Obama proclaimed March 31st as Cesar Chavez Day in the United States to reflect on the work that Chavez did and continue his legacy through community and educational programs that promote change. Williams continues this work by leading social awareness campaigns at schools, using C Is for Change as a tool to engage students in fun educational activities.
As an author, Williams’ goal is to teach children about the history of Cesar Chavez so they can be inspired by him to create change in their own communities. She emphasizes that the national conversation on fair wages and immigration should be approachable to youth. The bilingual English and Spanish book includes three reading levels, making it suitable for children of all ages. The first letter of each word in the primary text is an acrostic poem that spells out Cesar Chavez’s name and includes accompanying facts and quotations from Chavez.
To honor the legacy of Cesar Chavez, the book can be purchased on Amazon.com, and a portion of the book’s proceeds will benefit local Latino service organizations, as well as the Cesar Chavez Foundation and the United Farm Workers of America.
About C is for Change
C is for Change – The Story of Cesar Chavez, One Person Can Change Many Lives is a multiple reading level children’s picture-book biography of Cesar Chavez and the struggle of the American farm worker during the past 60 years as seen through poetry/prose, facts and Chavez’s own words. Themes of the book include social justice, leadership, non-violence, equality, Latino history and multicultural unity. The facts and Chavez’s quotations tell the story of his struggle and legacy, making his inspiring words accessible to a new generation of young readers. For more information, visit kidschangetheworld.blogspot.com and facebook.com/CisforChange.
Posted by Arlene at 3/16/2015