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When we are honest with ourselves we must admit that our lives are all that really belong to us. So it is how we use our lives that determines what kind of men we are.

 
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Cesar Chavez, 1927-1993, Founder, United Farm Workers of America, Labor Leader, Quoted in Peter C. Newman, The Canadian Revolution, 1995

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Cesar Chavez
Cesar Chavez
  • Born: March 31, 1927
  • Died: April 23, 1993
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Labor Leader, Civil Rights Activist

Cesar Chavez was an American labor leader and civil rights activist who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers union, UFW) in 1962. Originally a Mexican American farm worker, Chavez became the best known Latino American civil rights activist, and was strongly promoted by the American labor movement, which was eager to enroll Hispanic members. His public-relations approach to unionism and aggressive but nonviolent tactics made the farm workers' struggle a moral cause with nationwide support. By the late 1970s, his tactics had forced growers to recognize the UFW as the bargaining agent for 50,000 field workers in California and Florida.

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