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Bishop Dunne seniors Ashley Gomez, Jennifer Guerra enjoy the sunshine outside the Angelika Theater Tuesday.

On Tuesday, 98 Bishop Dunne students and seven teacher-chaperons headed north from their Oak Cliff campus on a field trip with two destinations: the 7th and 8th graders visited the Latino Cultural Center, while the high schools students saw a private showing of the movie "Cesar Chavez" at the Angelika Film Center in Mockingbird Station.

Chavez was an American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, later the United Farm Workers union (UFW).

A Mexican American, Chavez became the best known Latino American civil rights activist and was strongly promoted by the American labor movement, which was eager to enroll Hispanic members. His public relations approach to unionism and aggressive but nonviolent tactics made the farm workers' struggle a moral cause with nationwide support. By the late 1970s, his tactics had forced growers to recognize the UFW as the bargaining agent for 50,000 field workers in California and Florida.

“The movie was amazing!” sophomore Cesar Paz said.“I liked that Cesar Chavez stood up for all the Mexicans.” After the movie he joined his classmates for lunch at Las Ranitas Mexican Restaurant on Jefferson. Paz said, “The food was delicious - I only had three plates!”

The middle school students toured the Latino Cultural Center (LCC) located at 2600 Live Oak Street. The LCC is a multidisciplinary arts center designed to serve as a regional catalyst for the preservation, development and promotion of Latino and Hispanic arts and culture. The LCC presents Latino artists working in the visual and performing arts, film, and literature in addition to supporting local artists and arts organizations that celebrate Latino art and culture.

Bishop Dunne offers Spanish classes to their 7th through 12 graders, with beginning classes, honors classes and AP courses. Students scored well on national tests in Spanish given last month. On Spring Break this year, a group of Spanish students went abroad on a school sponsored trip to Spain. The school has an equal racial mix of 1/3 Hispanic, 1/3 Black and 1/3 Anglo students.

Kelly Pineda, Spanish teacher at the school for over a decade, organized the field trip today - and the Spain trip over spring break - with her co-worker, fellow Spanish teacher Marcella Garcini. Field trips are encouraged by the school administration and trips over seas to learn about other customs and cultures are held annually.

Information provided by Judy Porter.

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