The Colorado Latino Forum, along with several local organizations, will host a march in downtown Colorado Springs on Sunday to celebrate the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez.

Events nationwide coincide with the Friday release of a biographical film about the civil rights leader and labor organizer.

The march will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., where community leaders will speak about Chavez's accomplishments as an educator, environmentalist, civil rights leader and farm worker.

March 31, Chavez's birthday, has been designated Cesar Chavez Day in California, Colorado and Texas. Many communities throughout the country also will hold marches to commemorate Chavez, said the Latino Forum's Colorado Springs co-chairman Donald E. Martinez.

Sunday's march in Colorado Springs will be the first in five years, he said.

"There were a few marches held in Denver a while back, but none in Colorado Springs in a long time," Martinez said. "We definitely hope to build enough following to make this an annual event."

Aztec dancers will lead the march north on Nevada Avenue to Acacia Park, where the Ballet Folklorico De La Raza will perform at the park's band shell.

For more information, contact Martinez at 393-5273 and at, or Christine Mendias at