César Chávez was a civil rights hero, a farm labor leader, a religious and spiritual figure, a community organizer, a social entrepreneur, and a crusader for the environment and consumer rights. In 1962, Chávez founded the National Farm Workers Association, later known as the United Farm Workers (UFW).
Chávez died peacefully in his sleep on April 23, 1993, near Yuma, Arizona, a short distance from the small family farm in the Gila River Valley where he was born more than 66 years before.
He was a common man with an uncommon vision that stood for equality, justice, and dignity for all Americans. Today, his universal principles are still as relevant and inspiring for all people as they were during his lifetime.
You will find our display in honor of this great man on the first floor near the elevators.
Check out these books from the Pfau Library:
- Inland Empire paves the way for César E. Chávez / Carmen Dominguez Nevarez.
- Why David sometimes wins: leadership, organization, and strategy in the California farm worker movement, by Marshall Ganz.
- Latino/a thought: culture, politics, and society, edited by Francisco H. Vázquez.
- César Chávez and the common sense of nonviolence, by José-Antonio Orosco.
- César Chávez: a biography, by Roger Bruns.
- César: sí, se puede! yes, we can! by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand ; illustrated by David Diaz.
- César Chávez: Autobiography of La Causa, by Jacques L. Levy.
- Amelia’s Road/El Camino del Amelia, by Linda Jacobs Altman, illustrated by Enrique O. Sánchez.
- La Causa: The Migrant Farmworkers’ Story, by Dana Catharine de Ruiz and Richard Larios.
- Delano: The Story of the California Grape Strike, by John Gregory Dunne, photographs by Ted Streshinsky.