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 Cesar Chavez

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Cesar Chavez

  • Birth 31 Mar 1927 Yuma, Yuma County, Arizona, USA
  • Death 23 Apr 1993 San Luis, Yuma County, Arizona, USA
  • Burial Keene, Kern County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 6359132

Founder, United Farm Workers Union/Civil Rights Leader. Cesario Estrada Chavez is born on the small farm near Yuma, Ariz. that his grandfather homesteaded in the 1880s. From 1952-1962, together with Fred Ross, Cesar organizers 22 CSO chapters across California in the 1950s. Under Cesar's leadership, CSO becomes the most militant and effective Latino civil rights group of its day. It helps Latinos become citizens, registers them to vote, battles police brutality and presses for paved streets and other barrio improvements. In March of 1968, Cesar fasts for 25 days to rededicate his movement to nonviolence. U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy joins 8,000 farm workers and supporters at a mass where Cesar breaks his fast, calling the weakened farm labor leader "one of the heroic figures of our time. On December 10-24, 1970, Cesar was jailed Salinas, California for refusing to obey a court order to stop the boycott against Bud Antle lettuce. Coretta Scott King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Ethel Kennedy, widow of Robert Kennedy, visit Cesar in jail. On April 23, 1993, he died peacefully in his sleep at the modest home of a retired San Luis, Ariz. farm worker while defending the UFW against a multi-million dollar lawsuit brought against the union by a large vegetable grower. On April 29, 1993, 40,000 mourners march behind Cesar's plain pine casket during funeral services in Delano. On August 8, 1994, President Bill Clinton posthumously presents the Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor, to Cesar Chavez. His widow, Helen, receives the medal during a White House ceremony.

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  • Originally Created by: Da Prophet
  • Added: 20 Apr 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6359132
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Cesar Chavez (31 Mar 1927–23 Apr 1993), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6359132, citing Cesar E Chavez National Monument, Keene, Kern County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .