If you're in or around California's Central Valley, you're invited to attend the 40th anniversary celebration of Agbayani Village, happening Saturday, June 21 in Delano, California.
The event will honor the Manongs, young men from the Philippines imported in the 1920s and 30s. Forbidden from marrying by law, they worked in the agricultural industry and helped lead the 1965 Delano Grape Strike. Agbayani Village was built for these heroic men to live out their final years.
The free event will include entertainment, live music by the Filipino Latin rock gropu Dakila, food, photo exhibitions, tours of the village, oral histories, and a ceremony to honor the Manongs and the volunteers that helped build Agbayani Village. Here are some more details about the event:
Agbayani Village 40th AnniversaryFor further information, and to RSVP for the event, go here.
Saturday, June 21
11:00am - 4:00pm
40 Acres/Agbayani Village
30168 Garces Hwy.
Delano CA 93215
This celebration also honors the Manongs, the heroic Filipino American members of the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee led by Larry Itliong, Peter Velasco, Andy Imutan and Philip Vera Cruz who began the historic 1965 Delano Grape Strike and invited the National Farm Workers Association led by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta to join their picket lines. The Manongs helped build the first successful farm workers union in American history—and a movement that united the races and gave meaning to all of our lives.
The day of celebration includes tours of the Agbayani Village and other historic sites at the Forty Acres, exhibitions, lunch, entertainment and a program honoring the Manongs and all of the volunteers who helped construct the village.