On May 5th the US Navy christened and launched the USNS Cesar Chavez, naming the cargo ship after the civil rights leader and union activist. It is the 14th Lewis and Clark-class of dry cargo/ammunition ships and a bold move.
According to the Navy’s website, “Continuing the Lewis and Clark-class tradition of honoring legendary pioneers and explorers, the Navy’s newest underway replenishment ship honors the memory of Mexican-American civil rights activist Cesar Chavez. Chavez served in the Navy from 1944-1946 after which he became a leader in the American Labor Movement and a civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers.”
No doubt the Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, will take a lot of heat for this choice. But, the deal is done and the USNS Cesar Chavez carries a message simply and powerfully by virtue of its name.
Is there a person that you would like to honor publicly, a cause that you care for? If so, find a way to say so publicly and let the world be the richer for your spirit.
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Seth Kahan is a Change Leadership specialist. He has consulted with CEOs and executives in over 50 world-class organizations that include Shell, World Bank, Marriott, Prudential, Project Management Institute, and NASA. His book, Getting Change Right: How Leaders Transform Organizations from the Inside Out, is a Washington Post bestseller. Visit GettingChangeRight.com for a free excerpt.