Cesar Chavez: American Civil Rights Activist
Cesar Chavez: "The Power of Nonviolence" Speech
Examines the importance of Cesar Chavez and his efforts to organize farm workers in the central valley of California. It delineates the various components of Chavez's strategy for farm worker self determination--strikes, boycotts, pilgrimages, fasts--and emphasizes his commitment to nonviolence and the importance of faith and prayer in achieving his goal.
About Cesar Estrada Chavez
Born March 31, 1927 in San Luis, AZ
Chavez dedicated his life to improving the treatment, pay and working conditions for farmworkers.
Employed nonviolent means to bring attention to the plight of farmworkers
Founded the National Farm Workers Association in 1962
The NFWA joined the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee in its first strike against grape growers in California in 1965
A year later, the two unions merged, and the resulting union was renamed the United Farm Workers in 1972
It is believed that Chavez's hunger strikes contributed to his death: He died on April 23, 1993, in San Luis, Arizona
In 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama announced that Chavez's birthday, March 31, would be recognized as a federal commemorative holiday
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