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Cesar Chavez


Labor head and civil privileges activist who all co-founded the Country wide Farm Employees Association in 1962 to greatly help disenfranchised farm employees. His family dropped their supermarket and ranch through the Great Unhappiness, before shedding their next house after a agreement of his father’s was damaged. His birthday, March 31st, is becoming nationally regarded, and he’s known for his slogan ‘Si, se puede,’ or Yes, it could be performed. He was wedded to Helen Fabela Chavez from 1948 until his loss of life. He previously three sons and five daughters. His sibling was Richard Chavez, a fellow activist and labor head. Like Martin Luther Ruler Jr, he fought for the civil privileges of his people.

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Full Name Cesar Chavez
Date Of Birth March 31, 1927
Died April 23, 1993, San Luis, Arizona, United States
Place Of Birth Yuma, AZ
Height 1.71 m
Weight 74 kg
Profession Civil Rights Leader
Nationality American
Spouse Helen Fabela Chávez
Children Paul Chavez, Fernando Chavez, Linda Chávez Rodríguez, Sylvia Chavez Delgado, Anna Chavez Ybarra, Eloise Chavez Carrillo, Elizabeth Chavez Villarino, Anthony Chavez
Parents Librado Chávez, Juana Estrada Chavez
Siblings Richard Chavez, Rita Chavez Medina, Vicki Chavez Lastra, Librado Chavez
Awards Presidential Medal of Freedom, Pacem in Terris Award, Jefferson Awards for Public Service
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1Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 3, 1991-1993, pages 105-107. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2001.
2Brother of Richard Chavez.
3Children: Fernando Chavez, Eloise Chavez Carrillo, Anna Chavez Ybarra, Sylvia Chavez Delgado, Elizabeth Chavez Villarino, Anthony Chavez, Linda Chávez Rodríguez, and Paul Chavez.
4Over 40,000 people attended his funeral in Delano, California.
5Took a 25 day fast in 1968 to affirm UFW's commitment to nonviolence. The late senator Robert F. Kennedy flew to Delano, California to be with Chavez when he ended the fast. He called Chavez "one of the heroic figures of our time."
6Advocated nonviolence a la Mohandas K. Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King.
7Founded United Farm Workers in 1966.
8Joined U.S. Navy in 1945. Served in Pacific during end of World War II.
9Posthumously awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom on August 8, 1994 by President Bill Clinton. Only second Mexican American in history to be awarded this honor.



The Legacy of Cesar Chavez2009Video short



Andre: The Voice of Wine2013DocumentaryHimself
The Fight in the Fields1997DocumentaryHimself
Good Night America1973TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1971TV SeriesHimself

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Archive Footage

The Latin Explosion: A New America2015TV Movie documentaryHimself - Labor Leader
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Cesar Chavez2014Himself (uncredited)
Cesar's Last Fast2014DocumentaryHimself
California's Gold2012TV Series documentaryHimself
1968 with Tom Brokaw2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
The War: Soldados2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Chicano! History of the Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
Simon and Garfunkel: Songs of America1969TV MovieHimself

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