Helping Ordinary People Do Extraordinary Things

Posted by Mary Hendra on May 1, 2015

Courage isn't doing what comes easy, but what comes hard."

Anthony Chavez, A Chavezgrandson of Civil Rights activist Cesar Chavez and now an upstander in his own right, shared this as one of the lessons he had learned from his grandfather. In a twist on the traditional Community Conversations facilitated by Facing History and Ourselves across the country and made possible by the support of The Allstate Foundation, this conversation was also a celebration of upstanding at schools which are members of the LA Facing History Partnership Schools Network.

Educators and students at these schools across Los Angeles cultivate the desire and tools to stand up to injustice throughout the year, and this was the time to celebrate them. Anthony's shared lessons were inspiring...

We honor the legacy of upstanders be continuing the work in our own time and place."

Anthony shared that it wasn't easy for his tata and nana. Cesar Chavez would talk with hundreds of farmworkers and only find two willing to stand up. He had his own serious doubts about the potential success of his work, but knew he had to try. And, he noted the now well-known phrase which was utilized, "Si Se Puede" and the legacy that lives on wherever people stand up nonviolently.

My grandfather wanted to help ordinary people to do the extraordinary things we are all capable of."

Anthony has kindly shared his entire remarks, and we post them here for those who are interested. The joy of students and educators is perhaps best captured in the social media of the evening:

Click here to read about all of our Upstanders.

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Topics: Choosing to Participate, Community Event

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