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César Chávez Day is observed in the United States on March 31 each year. It celebrates the birthday of César Chávez and it serves as a tribute to his commitment to social justice and respect for human dignity.

Chávez co-founded the National Farm Workers Association in the early 1960s. He focused attention on the plight of migrant farm workers and gained support to have his organization be the first successful farm workers’ union in the United States. He used principles of non-violence, with strikes and boycotts. Chávez remained president of United Farm Workers of America (AFL-CIO) until his death on April 23, 1993.

Film Discussion Guide: “Cesar Chavez” – The new film “Cesar Chavez” raises many challenging questions as we explore his legacy of seeking justice for farmworkers.