American labor leader and co-founder of the United Farm Workers (formerly known as the National Farm Workers Association) Cesar Chavez (1927 - 1993) speaks at a rallty, Coachella, California, mid to late 1970s.
A piece of California land that was key in the American farm worker and civil rights movement will become a national historic landmark today.
Hundreds of people will join the family of Cesar Chavez in Delano this morning to dedicate the "Forty Acres National Historic Landmark." The site, which is a 40-acre plot of land near Bakersfield, was home to a number of pivotal events in the 1960s, 70s and 80s that shaped the civil rights and labor movement.
Hilda Solis, the U.S. Secretary of Labor said this of Chavez, "[His] legacy lives on in the hands and hearts of America's working people today. He continues to inspire us. His work has lifted the voices of countless laborers and provides lessons from which all Americans can learn. I have a picture on my desk to remind me of them."
Millions of people were inspired to social and political activism because of Cesar Chavez.