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Cesar Chavez is surrounded by farm workers and friends as he waits to take communion from the Reverend Keith Kenny at the Capitol

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Cesar Chavez is surrounded by farm workers and friends as he waits to take communion from the Reverend Keith Kenny at the Capitol, August 4, 1975
Vintage gelatin silver print on paper

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg in honor of Myrlie Evers-Williams.
Accession Number: P2021.13.115

Commentary
Cesar Chavez (1927-1993) was an American labor leader and Civil Rights activist. He and 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. He was strongly promoted by the American labor movement, which was eager to enroll Hispanic members. Chavez' 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 efforts had forced growers to recognize the UFW as the bargaining agent for 50,000 field workers in California and Florida.

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On verso: manuscript title, date and newspaper caption with artist's credit and date stamp affixed.

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