2005 Chávez Humanitarian Award goes to Sue Campos

On March 31, 2005 , the 78th birthday of César Estrada Chávez, Adelante, Inc., a Toledo-based service agency, and the Latino Student Union (LSU) of the University of Toledo presented the César E. Chávez Humanitarian Award to Latina activist Sue Campos—an individual who has given of herself unselfishly to ensure that Latino children, youth, families, and community have equal access to services, education, and economic opportunities. 


Campos was very appreciative and asked her many supporters through the years to come forward and be recognized. She was especially appreciative of Monica Morales, now 24, who was “her baby” in her Head Start program at the age of 2.

“We must go forward and I give my Chávez pin to Monica to pass on to future generations,” said Campos , telling Monica to “wear it with honor.” The late Sofia Quintero gave the pin to Campos .

Morales, who graduates from the University of Toledo in May, is a co-coordinator of Baile Latino, which is scheduled for May 28 at the UT Student Union Auditorium.

Campos praised Chávez as being a warrior “going one step forward,” much as his ancestors did when they settled California and Arizona, describing the meaning of “Adelante,” an expression often used by her father, when he exclaimed, “Go one step forward each generation!”

Toledo City Council President Louis Escobar presented Campos with a resolution from city council, exalting her years of service to the community.  Escobar had also provided a resolution praising Chávez.

This year’s nominees included: Margarita De León, Alberto Flores, Greg Guzmán, Nellie Mattox, Amelia Nava, and Lucy Amparo Weaver. Dolores Rodríguez was the 2003 recipient. No Awards banquet was held in 2004, according to its executive director, Sonia Troche.

As part of this year’s Chávez Awards Banquet, Adelante, Inc. present its Amigo Award, which is presented to an individual, corporation, agency and/or organization instrumental to Adelante’s overall success, to Jay Salvage.  According to Adelante’s director, Sonia Troche, the Award recipient has provided leadership, support, and encouragement to the Adelante’s Board of Directors, management, and staff.

Amigo Award nominees included: Chief Michael Navarre & Lt. Ronald Navarro, City of Toledo Police Department; Audrey Weiss-Maag, of Service Development Specialist United Way of Greater Toledo; and the late Ohio state representative John García.

De León and Josh Flores were the MCs, with the meal, drink, and song provided by El Camino Real, including horchata. Jesse Ponce and Sylvestre Duran were some of the entertainers.

Mayor Jack Ford and family were in attendance.  Ford had previously prepared a proclamation concerning Chávez and his accomplishments, making it clear that he was prepared to name something in honor of this Mexican-American labor and civil rights leader once the Latino community decided on the proper venue. Photos can be viewed at laprensatoledo.com.

 Jesús García is keynote speaker

Jesús García, executive director of La Villita “ Mexican Village ” in Chicago ’s west side, was the keynote speaker.  García was the first Mexican Senator for the state of Illinois and is a longtime community activist. Born in Durango , México, he moved to the United States four decades ago. 

García applauded César Chávez: 1) for being a warrior of health care, helping create the Robert F. Kennedy Health Clinics in California ; 2) for stressing the importance of access to education; and 3) for enhancing the political empowerment of Latinos.

García also thanked Baldemar Velásquez and FLOC for aiding in the transcontinental guestworker movement.

“¡Si Se Puede!” concluded García.


Louis Escobar and Margarita DeLeon with
Award recipient Sue Campos
Ben Johnson of Jay Salvage accepting Adelante Amigo Award
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MC Josh Flores, Pres.Louis Escobar and
Award recipient Sue Campos
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