Next Tuesday many will commemorate the birthday of late Mexican American civil rights and labor leader Cesar E. Chavez.
Chavez was born on March 31, 1927 in Yuma, Arizona and died on April 23, 1993, at age 66, in San Luis Arizona.
At age 10, he began working as a migrant farm worker, a job that later led him to fight for fair wages and humane treatment for California’s farm workers.
In 1962, Chávez co-founded the National Farm Workers Association”” later named the United Farm Workers of America (UFW)”” along with leader Dolores Huerta.
In 1994, Brooklyn Avenue, once the center of Boyle Heights’ Jewish community”“ turned into Cesar E. Chavez Avenue as a dedication to the historic icon.
View the film Cesar Chavez directed by Diego Luna 7p.m. Friday at the East LA Civic Center.