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Cesar Chavez delivers a speech to the supporters of the United Farmworkers Union (July 26, 1975)

Mimi Plumb’s “Pictures From the Field” Photo Exhibit Closing Reception on March 29th

Mimi Plumb’s “Pictures from the Field” Closing Reception

Thursday, March 29, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

free and open to the public

California Humanities
538 9th Street, Suite 210, Oakland, CA

Second Floor of Swan’s Market
(Accessible by food market elevator near Sincere Seafood or courtyard stairs adjacent to Super Juiced)

5:30 – 7:30 PM Exhibit open for viewing & refreshments at California Humanities
6:00 PM Panel discussion with photographer Mimi Plumb,
Laurie Coyle (filmmaker, Adios Amor), and Albertina Zarazúa Padilla (storyteller, curator and workshop facilitator for MiHistoria.net

Please email nbalram@calhum.org to RSVP for the closing reception at the California Humanities office in Oakland. 

Many of the leaders in the early years of the United Farm Workers (UFW) movement weren’t groomed orators or politicians – they were regular people, with families and personal responsibilities, whose struggle to find opportunities to raise their voice and control their destinies became their new job in and around the field. In the summer of 1975, a young photography student named Mimi Plumb documented Cesar Chavez and a group of UFW activists on 1,000-mile journey on foot from the U.S.A.- Mexico border and through the Salinas Valley. When those photos were unearthed nearly forty years later, Plumb realized that many of the identities and historical significance of her subjects were unknown. With the help of a grant from California Humanities, Plumb’s photographs have been digitized and accompanied with historical narrative on a web-based art and history exhibit called Democracy in the Fields created by Plumb and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of the biography The Crusades of Cesar Chavez Miriam Pawel.

For a very special closing reception of “Pictures from the Field” on March 29th, California Humanities has invited our featured photographer Mimi Plumb, filmmaker Laurie Coyle, and storyteller Albertina Zarazúa Padilla to speak about their experiences documenting and supporting history makers whose names have been lost in time. Laurie Coyle most recently worked with Albertina Zarazúa Padilla to create Adios Amor, a documentary film about the search for a tenacious heroine of California’s migrant farm workers, Maria Moreno. Coyle came across photos of Maria Moreno repeatedly as she conducted research for another film about Cesar Chavez but had little written documentation about Moreno. Adios Amor is an investigative journey to put a story to the face – a face Coyle would learn belonged to a female organizer for the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC), which eventually merged with another worker’s rights group, the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA), to create the UFW.

Recognizing the need to collect and preserve Latina stories, whose like Maria Moreno’s, could easily be silenced or forgotten, Albertina Zarazúa Padilla, Laurie Coyle, and a team of inspired community leaders launched a sister project called MiHistoria.net. Adios Amor and MiHistoria.net are both California Humanities grant supported projects.

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