Cesar Chavez Biography
(American Labour Leader, Civil Rights Activist and Co-Founder of the ‘National Farm Workers Association’)
Birthday: March 31, 1927 (Aries)
Born In: Yuma, Arizona, United States
The story of Cesar Chavez, the Latino-American civil rights activist, is an extraordinary one. His famous words, ‘Si, se puede’ (Yes, it can be done) is pregnant with meaning and represents the cause that he fought for. The sacrifices he made in order to fight for the rights of farm workers and others using non-violent means, forms a story so intriguing and inspiring. It is believed that his frequent hunger strikes in order to fight for the rights of workers eventually led to his poor health and sudden demise. He recognized all too well the adversities farm workers repeatedly faced, which he himself experienced as a little boy. As a migrant farm worker, he would slog in the fields quite often so he knew the standards that were required in order for these farmers to live a comfortable and respectable life. His attitude to unionism and forceful yet non-violent tactics, made the farm workers’ struggle an honest cause with coast-to-coast support. Throughout his career, he led protests, called for embargoes and went on several hunger strikes. He became so famous for his cause that he earned the support of famous personalities including Jesse Jackson and Robert Kennedy.