Cesar Chavez in mural by Susan Greene
Cesar Chavez talking about the exploitation of farm workers (1 MB mp3)
From Freedom Archives audio archives
Photo: Scott Braley

Cesar Chavez

Cesar Chavez (March 31, 1927–April 23, 1993) was a civil rights, Latino, farm worker, and labor leader; a religious and spiritual figure; a community servant and social entrepreneur; a crusader for nonviolent social change; and an environmentalist and consumer advocate. In 1968, Chavez gained attention as leader of a nationwide boycott of California table grapes in a drive to achieve labor contracts.

The significance and impact of Cesar's life transcends any one cause or struggle. He was a unique and humble leader, in addition to being a great humanitarian and communicator who influenced and inspired millions of Americans to seek social justice and civil rights for the poor and disenfranchised in our society. Cesar forged a diverse and extraordinary national coalition of students, middle class consumers, trade unionists, religious groups, and minorities.

His motto in life – "Sí Se Puede!" (it can be done!) embodies the uncommon and invaluable legacy he left for the world's benefit.

Photo courtesy of Santa Clara University

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