GALEO Launches the  
7th Annual Cesar Chavez Essay Contest
 All High School Students & Adults in Georgia are Eligible 
Press Release

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Media Contact:  Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO,, 404.745.2580 


January 16, 2014 (Atlanta, GA) -   On behalf of the GALEO Leadership Council, which is comprised of alumni of the GALEO Institute for Leadership and GALEO Members statewide, GALEO is proud to announce the 2014 Cesar Chavez Essay Contest.   


The goal of this contest is to increase awareness of the continual plight of farm workers and their contributions to America while honoring civil rights legend Cesar Chavez.  Chavez's leadership was critical to organizing farm workers and founding what is today known as the United Farm Workers union.  He remains one of the foremost Latino leaders in American history.  His birthday is recognized as a state holiday in California, Colorado and Texas, and GALEO supports the movement to create a national holiday in honor of Chavez. 


"Cesar Chavez is an American hero and we want Georgians to learn more about his legacy," said Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO.  "This contest helps educate students and adults alike and brings attention to the importance of farmworkers in our state," he added.


CESAR CHAVEZ Movie Trailer (2014) 
CESAR CHAVEZ Movie Trailer (2014)

With a national movie coming out soon, there will be great interest in the essay contest and the ceremony. 


All high school students and adults (18+ in age) in the state of Georgia are encouraged to participate and submit their essays for entry. The winners will read their winning essays at the State Capitol on Monday, March 31st 2014 at our 7th Annual Cesar Chavez Ceremony at the Capitol.


To download the contest rules, entry and consent forms, please visit the following link:


Click PDF HERE for Rules & Entry Form.  


(You may also send an email to for the PDF form).

Entries may be in either English or Spanish. 

Topics (choose one):

  1. Why are farm workers important in Georgia?
  2. C�sar Ch�vez & Rev. Martin L. King, Jr. both believed in peaceful nonviolent protests. Why was this ideology important to the civil rights movement?
  3. How has C�sar Ch�vez influenced your life and what impact will his work have on your future?
  4. Why should we have a national holiday honoring C�sar Ch�vez?

Deadline for submissions:  March 7, 2014.

The Cesar Chavez Essay contest and Annual Cesar Chavez Ceremony at the Capitol have been coordinated and led by the GALEO Leadership Council.    


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