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DiedApril 23, 1993, San Luis, Arizona, United States
SpouseHelen Fabela Chávez
FactChildren: Fernando Chavez, Eloise Chavez Carrillo, Anna Chavez Ybarra, Sylvia Chavez Delgado, Elizabeth Chavez Villarino, Anthony Chavez, Linda Chávez Rodríguez, and Paul Chavez.

Cesar Chavez was born on March 31, 1927, in Yuma, Arizona. His parents, Librado and Juana Estrada Chavez, were Mexican-American farm workers. Cesar had six brothers and sisters. He attended public schools in Yuma and later dropped out of high school to help support his family.

In 1952, Chavez began working for the Community Service Organization (CSO), a Mexican-American civil rights group. He helped organize farm workers in California and Arizona. In 1962, he founded the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA), which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW).

The UFW used nonviolent methods, such as boycotts and strikes, to improve working conditions for farm workers. Chavez also helped organize the first successful farm workers’ union in the United States. In 1965, he led a grape boycott that lasted five years. The boycott helped the UFW win a contract with grape growers that improved wages and working conditions for farm workers.

In 1968, Chavez went on a hunger strike to protest the use of pesticides on crops. The strike lasted for 25 days and helped raise public awareness of the dangers of pesticides. In the 1970s, Chavez led a nationwide boycott of California table grapes. The boycott lasted for three years and helped the UFW win another contract with grape growers.

Chavez continued to work for the UFW until his death in 1993. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994.

General Info

Full NameCesar Chavez
DiedApril 23, 1993, San Luis, Arizona, United States
Weight72 kg
ProfessionFarmworker, Civil rights activist, Trade unionist


SpouseHelen Fabela Chávez
ChildrenAnna Chavez Ybarra, Fernando Chavez, Sylvia Chavez Delgado, Paul Chavez, Linda Chávez Rodríguez, Eloise Chavez Carrillo, Elizabeth Chavez Villarino, Anthony Chavez
ParentsJuana Estrada Chavez, Librado Chávez
SiblingsRichard Chavez, Rita Chavez Medina, Vicki Chavez Lastra, Librado Chavez


AwardsPresidential 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

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

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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