TODAY IS CESAR CHAVEZ DAY, celebrated in honor of the Mexican-American activist and organizer who created the United Farm Workers union. Chavez has become something of a folk legend in the United States, thanks to his use of nonviolent protest, his advocacy for the United States Latino community, and his support of some of the country’s most marginalized workers and immigrants. He died at the age of 66 in 1993. In 2014, President Obama (who, incidentally borrowed Chavez’s popular chant, “Si se puede,” or “Yes we can,” for his historic 2008 election) named March 31st Cesar Chavez Day.
In honor of Chavez’s legacy, we’d like to recognize some other Mexican-Americans who have worked to make the United States a better place.