Cesar Chavez (1927-1993), one of America’s greatest labor leaders and civil rights activists, dedicated himself to improving the lives of America’s poorest workers. Through an organization he helped to establish that eventually became known as the United Farm Workers, he used nonviolent strikes and boycotts to get higher wages and better working conditions for Mexican American migrant workers. His ultimate weapon in his fight for justice against the rich and powerful California growers was truth. An intelligent man of soft-spoken humility and constant hope, he taught us that with cooperation and respect, we can accomplish the impossible.
“True wealth is not measured in money or status or power. It is measured in the legacy we leave behind for those we love and those we inspire.” -- Cesar Chavez