People appreciation

It’s Cesar Chavez Day (1927 – 1993) which is also his birthday, March 31st.  He had personal reasons for taking up the cause of migrant farm workers.  This hero of the recent past knew about injustice and prejudice first hand.  Born in Arizona, his family had a grocery store and land but lost land during the Great Depression.  Their home was taken away although his father agreed to clear 80 acres in return for the deed to their humble home.  The bank didn’t honor their deal.  He, his siblings, and parents became migrant workers.   As a self-taught charismatic rhetorical genius, he organized the United Farm Workers, and they were able to bargain with growers.

Advertisements

5 thoughts on “People appreciation

  1. Reba Studebaker

    That’s sweet, Kathleen. I heard that he was punished in school by speaking Spanish. Apparently teachers took a ruler to his knuckles. Teachers have come a long way since then, thank goodness. Now everyone wants to learn to speak Spanish.

  2. Reba Studebaker

    Hola, Reba! I’ve read Cesar had a tough time in the military, prejudice wise. He was in the navy and wrote it was the worst two years of his life.

  3. Kathleen Rowland

    Hey Mary Alice. Yes, I think they lack the basics a lot of the time. In agricultural communities there are more homeless shelters if they are out of work.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s