Robert F. Kennedy called Cesar Chavez “one of the heroic figures of our time.” Chavez founded and led the first successful farm workers union in the country — the United Farm Workers of America. Throughout his life he fought for social justice, better pay, and safer working conditions for a woefully neglected class. The tools he used were the nonviolent ones of boycott, fasting, and strikes.
The titles pictured above: The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement by Susan Ferriss & Ricardo Sandoval, Voices from the Fields: Children of Migrant Farmworkers Tell Their Stories by S. Beth Atkins, Sal Si Puedes (Escape if You Can): Cesar Chavez and the New American Revolution by Peter Mattheissen
and here’s a few more, from the Land Library’s shelves:
Delano: The Story of the California Grape Strike by John Gregory Dunne, et al, “Where do I go from Here?” Meeting the Unique Needs of Migrant Students by Karen S. Vocke.
along with titles from our Waterton Canyon Kids Library:
First Day in Grapes by L. King Perez & Robert Castilla, Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull & Yuyi Morales, The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child by Francisco Jimenez