Zoot Suit Riots with Fred Blanco (Cesar Chavez), an Ohio Chautauqua workshop is at the New Richmond Branch Library. In 1943 in Los Angeles, the Zoot Suit Riots, in which white servicemen attacked Mexican-American zooters and literally tore the clothes off their backs, became infamous and nearly forgotten in America’s historical patchwork. This lecture revisits the zoot suit riots, and the events that led up to them. Is there a relationship between fashion and social action, style and resistance? How did these events affect Cesar Chavez and his drive to create a union? This lecture will examine the impact the riots may have had on a young Cesar Chavez and his interest in creating social change through his desire for civil rights in the fields of Agri America.
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