The Political Spirituality Of Cesar Chavez: Crossing Religious Borders
Publish Date: 2014-11-14
Author: Luis D. Leon
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The Political Spirituality of Cesar Chavez: Crossing Religious Borders maps and challenges many of the mythologies that surround the late iconic labor leader. Focusing on Chavez's own writings, Len argues that La Causa can be fruitfully understood as a quasi-religious movement based on Chavezs charismatic leadership, which he modeled after Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi. Chavez recognized that spiritual prophecy, or political spirituality, was the key to disrupting centuries-old dehumanizing narratives that conflated religion with race. Chavezs body became emblematic for Chicano identity and enfleshed a living revolution. While there is much debate and truth-seeking around how he is remembered, through investigating the leaders construction of his own public memory, the author probes the meaning of the discrepancies. By refocusing Chavez's life and beliefs into three broad movementsmythology, prophecy, and religionLen brings us a moral and spiritual agent to match the political leader.