Cesar Chavez‘s legacy was cemented in the 1960s. His relentless activism and refusal to back down lead to better working conditions for all farmworkers in the United States and his optimistic slogan “Si se puede!” (adopted by President Barack Obama for his 2008 campaign) has rung across countless protests since the ’60s. Together with Dolores Huerta, he formed United Farm Workers and helped pass legislation that minimized the exploitation of migrant farmer worker’s through the Bracero program. His ceaseless faith in non-violence and his numerous sacrifices for his movement has made him a social justice figure that looms large for Latinos. For 30 years, he dedicated his life to helping the poorest and most vulnerable of all workers in the U.S.
He spoke so many wise words during his countless speeches, and some of them really ring true for the modern Latinx experience here in the U.S.