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César Chávez Day


This guide is intended to help members of The Claremont Colleges community and beyond learn more about American civil rights activist and labor leader César Chávez and his work. This is a living document and will change and grow over time. 

Cesar Chavez

Democratic Convention in New York City, July 14, 1976. Cesar Chavez at podium, nominating Gov. Brown.

Warren K. Leffler, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

César Chávez (1927-1993) was a labor leader, community organizer, and civil rights activist. He was the co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) in 1962 which was later the United Farm Workers Labor Union (UFW). His strikes and non-violent disobedience methods led to the improvement of farm labor laws, farm workers pay, and work conditions.

In 1994, Chávez was awarded the Medal of Freedom. 

For additional background information on the life and work of César Chávez please visit the César Chávez Foundation website and the United Farm Workers website. 

This guide was created in collaboration with The Claremont Colleges' Chicano Latino Student Affairs (CLSA). 

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