(March 31, 1927 â€“ April 23, 1993) American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist, who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association. A Mexican American, 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 workersâ€™ struggle a moral cause with nationwide support.
We shall unite. We have learned the meaning of Unity.
We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our communityâ€¦ Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.
History will judge societies and governments â€“ and their institutions â€“ not by how big they are or how well they serve the rich and the powerful, but by how effectively they respond to the needs of the poor and the helpless.
It is possible to become discouraged about the injustice we see everywhere. But God did not promise us that the world would be humane and just. He gives us the gift of life and allows us to choose the way we will use our limited time on earth. It is an awesome opportunity.
The fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It is always about people.
Real education should consist of drawing the goodness and the best out of our own students. What better books can there be than the book of humanity?