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Most Influential Hispanic: Cesar Chavez

Cesar Chavez was a first generation American who was born on March 31, 1927. At the age of 11, his family lost their farm during the great depression and became migrant farm workers. Cesar finished his formal education after the eight grade and worked the fields fulltime to help support his family. In 1946 he joined the U.S. Navy and served in the Western Pacific. After finishing his service in 1948, he married Helen Fabela, and had eight children. In 1962, Chavez co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) which later changed it’s name to United Farm Workers (UFW).

In 1965 Chavez and the NFWA led a historic strike of California grape pickers which they marched from Delano to the California state capitol in Sacramento. Cesar’s motto, “Si se puede!” was coined during his 1972 fast in Arizona. Cesar Chavez went on and became a humble leader, a humanitarian who influenced and inspired million of Americans from all walks of life. Cesar Chavez is a true Mexican American hero.

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