Cesar Chavez made his mark on the labor movement in general and on farm laborers specifically as a leader who rose to prominence in the 1960s. The United Farm Workers union he helped found pushed hard for liveable working conditions and fair pay.
Marking his March 31, 1927, birthday, California, Texas and Colorado have declared it a holiday. And earlier Friday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown declared it Cesar Chavez Day, signing a proclamation to that effect. His legacy continues to be celebrated and debated, his impact widely acknowledged.
The following are articles, images and comments about the leader, who died in 1993.
Cesar Chavez speaks at the headquarters for the state Agriculture Labor Relations Board on Sept. 16, 1975, in Sacramento, California. Sacramento Bee file
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Manager Pete Penna of a Safeway supermarket in Los Angeles tries to hand Cesar Chavez, head of the United Farm Workers Union, an injunction limiting the number of pickets marching outside his store in Los Angeles on July 7, 1973. Chavez called the injunction "ridiculous" and let it fall to the sidewalk. The UFW was attempting to prevent the sale of table grapes produced by growers with whom it did not have labor contracts. Dick Strobel/ Associated Press
Public comments, honoring Cesar Chavez on his birthday:
On Aug. 21, 1988, Cesar Chavez ends his 36 day fast for life by breaking semita bread with Ethel Kennedy, wife of late Sen. Robert Kennedy. Sacramento Bee file
The coffin of Cesar Chavez is carried by pallbearers including Joseph Kennedy, center, as the Rev. Jesse Jackson walks nearby during the funeral procession for the labor icon on April 29, 1993. Eric Risberg / Associated Press