1927 - 1993
Farm worker agitator and malcontent.
After his father lost his farm before the Great Depression, young Cesar and the whole family packed up and joined the thousands of other migrant workers looking for employment on farms. There, Mr. Chavez developed a growing awareness of the poor working conditions and low wages accepted by his fellow fruit and vegetable pickers, and he organized them to become a formidable force to reckon with the growers.
Founded the United Farm Workers of America. Also organized several successful boycotts, registered thousands of immigrant migrant workers to vote and helped bring passage of the 1975 Agricultural Labor Relations Act, which granted farm workers the right to collective bargaining.