Film and Discussion: "The Delano Manongs" and the Legacy of the Filipino Farmworkers

Theadore Gonzalvez, curator of Asian Pacific American history, Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

The Delano Manongs tells the story of farm labor organizer Larry Itliong and a group of Filipino farm workers who instigated one of the American farm labor movement’s finest hours—The Delano Grape Strike of 1965 that brought about the creation of the United Farm Workers Union. While the movement is known for Cesar Chavez’s leadership and considered a Chicano movement, Filipinos played a pivotal role. Filipino labor organizer Larry Itliong, a cigar-chomping union veteran, organized a group of 1500 Filipinos to strike against the grape growers of Delano, California, beginning a collaboration between Filipinos, Chicanos, and other ethnic workers that would last for years.

A collaboration with GW's Spanish Program and Chavez, Huerta, Itliong GW. The Chavez, Huerta, Itliong planning team works to bring awareness about Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, Larry Itliong, and the farmworkers movement to GW and advocate for the social justice issues that still affect our society today. 

This program relates to the exhibition Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms. Free, no reservations required.