Artists create bust of Cesar Chavez for school named in his honor

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Artists create bust of Cesar Chavez for school named in his honor

A bust of the late labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez was unveiled Tuesday morning at Cesar Chavez Intermediate School, which was named in his honor.

“Cesar Chavez lived by the motto ‘SÍ se puede,’ or ‘Yes we can,’ ” Superintendent José L. Banda told the students and guests gathered at the unveiling. “I hope that every student who passes this statue on their way to school every day thinks ‘Yes I can.’ “

The bust was created by Sacramento artists Jesus and Adan Romo (www.romostudios.com), who donated their labor and the materials for the project. Other projects by the father and son team include the California Firefighters’ Memorial “Fallen Brother” at the Capitol (Jesus Romo is a retired Sacramento Fire Department Battalion Chief) and installations at Folsom College, Temple B’Nai Israel, the Sacramento County Courthouse, the county Juvenile Detention Center and the North Highlands Library.

Present at Tuesday’s ceremony were Assemblymember Roger Dickinson, Becky Chavez, niece of Cesar Chavez, SCUSD Board Member Diana Rodriguez, the Romos and community advocate Enrique Ruiz, who organized the event.

SCUSD opened Cesar Chavez Intermediate School in 2001 and named it in tribute to Chavez, who founded the United Farm Workers union to improve working conditions for agriculture laborers. The school, which serves students in grades 4-6, is known for its Dual Language Immersion program which has a track record for helping students achieve superior literacy in both English and Spanish.

Before the unveiling, students performed “De Colores,” the unofficial anthem of the farm workers movement.