Who is Cesar Chavez and why is this man honored each March 31st in most states in the U.S.?
*Primary founder of the United Farm Workers, Chávez was one of the earliest and most influential advocates of immigrant farmworkers and Latinos in the United States. He worked to improve conditions for farm laborers by organizing the California farmworkers’ movement through events such as the Delano strike of 1965, thereby engineering the passage of the nation’s first farm labor law in the late 1970’s. March 31 is the day of his birth and the day is commemorated to promote service to the community in honor of Cesar Chavez’s life and work.
To learn more about the life of Cesar Chavez check out a sampling of titles available at Meriam Library:
The crusades of Cesar Chavez: a biography / Miriam Pawel
Cesar Chavez and the common sense of nonviolence / José-Antonio Orosco
Cesar Chavez [electronic resource]: autobiography of La Causa / Jacques E. Levy
One night in America: Robert Kennedy, César Chávez, and the dream of dignity / Steven W. Bender