The Lipan-Apache of Alice had the privilege of leading the 22nd Annual Cesar Chavez March on Saturday through downtown San Antonio.
Tribe leader Moises Hernandez said he was selected through the San Antonio committee to head up the march of about 20,000 people. This was his third time he was marshal for the march.
The march started on Guadalupe and Brasel streets with people marching with signs for the three and a half mile route.
During Chavez's lifetime, Colegio Cesar Chavez was one of the few institutions named in his honor, but after his death he became a major historical icon for the Latino community, with many schools, streets, and parks being named after him.
He has since become an icon for organized labor and leftist politics, symbolizing support for workers and for Hispanic empowerment based on grass roots organizing. He is also famous for popularizing the slogan "Sí, se puede" (Spanish for "Yes, one can" or, roughly, "Yes, it can be done").
His supporters say his work led to numerous improvements for union laborers. Although the UFW faltered a few years after Chavez died in 1993, he became an iconic "folk saint" in the pantheon of Mexican Americans. His birthday, March 31, has become Cesar Chavez Day, a state holiday in California, Colorado, and Texas.
"We had Native American people from different tribes and other organizations marching," Hernandez said. "It's awesome and I'm way in the front...It's an honor to be selected and do this giant march."