Born on March 31, 1927, near Yuma, Arizona, Cesar Chavez is probably one of the most recognized and acknowledged member of the Chican@ Civil Rights Movement. Through first-hand experience, Chavez recognized the racial inequalities and discriminations Mexican – Americans suffered in their education and careers. In 1946, at the age of 19, he joined the U.S. Navy and served for two years while the Navy was segregated by race. When he returned, he married Helen Fabela and settled down within Delano, California and had 8 children. In 1962, Chavez and Dolores Huerta founded the United Farm Workers to unionize Latin@ and immigrant farm workers to obtain fair treatment, wages, and conditions. Chavez sought to end the maltreatment of Mexican Americans through nonviolent protest.
Written by~Amy Hernandez
Image Source (Top): Marion S Trikosko - Library of Congress - 1979