Celebration at 50th anniversary of the Delano Grape Strike

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - People from around the country celebrated the present as well as the past at the 50th anniversary of the Delano Grape Strike on Saturday at the historic "Forty Acres."

The event took a look back at the 1965 Grape Strike, a civil rights movement started by Filipino and Latino farm workers who walked out of wine and table grape vineyards.

The event also celebrated the accomplishments achieved by the strikers.

"We have so many of the folks who started the movement back in 1965, whether they were strikers or marchers or boycotters or worked on our staff, they join with us today to really celebrate the accomplishments," said Arturo Rodriguez, President of United Farm Workers of America.

Rodriguez estimated between 1,200 to 1,500 people showed up for the event.

"We have people that came here from Florida, and people from Washington state, and all throughout California," he said.

Grape strike veterans, farm worker leaders, and others from the community came to the event.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. also spoke at the event.

Kennedy's father supported Cesar Chavez during the strike.

"They're a part of my family, Cesar and the Chavez family and Arturo Rodriguez. I've been all over the country with them. This is the anniversary of a historic event of American democracy, but it was also an important event for our family," Kennedy said.

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