KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Cesar Chavez was a pioneer for Latino rights.
And the City of Knoxville put out a call to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the passing of the civil rights act and East Tennesseans responded.
People gathered for a sold out viewing of the new movie "Cesar Chavez".
The movie is a biography about the civil-rights activist and labor organizer.
Mayor Madeline Rogero and Chavez's great niece Julz shared their take on the film in a question and answer session emceed by Local 8 News this morning anchor Marco Villarreal.
Julz Chavez has written a script for another film called "King Chavez," which chronicles the correspondence between Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez.
Mayor Rogero says she has a special connection to the film because she postponed her college studies in the mid 70s to work with Cesar Chavez.
Three Latino organizations, Hola, Centro Hispano, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of East Tennessee worked with Regal Entertainment Group to sponsor this event.