The 1960's California farm labor movements was more diverse than many realize. Larry Itliong, Filipino-American, was among the leaders. A bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, Larry Itliong Day will now be observed on October 25.
Assemblyman Rob Bonta, who introduced the bill, says it's important for young people in California to understand the contributions of Filipino-Americans to the state. He says it's a narrative that's often not told in history books.
The special designation for Oct. 25 encourages public schools and educational institutions to honor Itliong. On that day, which is Itliong's birthday, students will participate in lessons and activities that will teach them about Itliong and his achievements, says Bonta.
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