Cesar Chavez Day History
Cesar Chavez Day commemorates the life and achievements of Cesar Chavez. Cesar Estrada Chavez was a Mexican-American farm worker as well as a Civil Rights and Labor Movement activist. Chavez stood and fought for labor rights using nonviolent resistance, such as boycotting and fasting.
At the age of 17, Chavez served in the U.S. Navy for two years. After serving in the Navy, Chavez worked in the fields until 1952, when he became the organizer of the Community Service Organization (CSO). He cofounded the National Farm Workers Association in 1962 with Dolores Huerta Chavez, an association which he used to create unions and lobby for better pay and safer working conditions in the farming community. Chavez passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 23, 1993. In recent years, President Barack Obama has proclaimed that Cesar Chavez Day be observed on March 31.
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