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USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14), a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship, is the first ship operated
by the United States Navy to be named for Cesar Chavez (1927–93), labor leader and civil rights
USNS: CESAR CHAVEZ, which was christened May 5, 2012 in San Diego California, honors
Cesar Chavez, an American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded
the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the united Farm Workers.
He is well known for his use of non-violent tactics that made the farm worker's struggle a moral cause
nationwide Support. Cesar Chavez also served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-1946
Cesar Estrada Chavez
Cesar Chavez with Robert F.Kennedy after breaking his historic 25-day fast for non-violence in Delano, Ca.1968
|Cesar Estrada Chavez born on March 31. in N. Gila River Valley near Yuma. Arizona on a small family farm his grandfather homesteaded after immigrating to the U.S. in the 1880s.
The Chavez family lost the farm during the Great Depression and like so many, became migrant farm workers, following the crops across the length and breadth of California during the 1930s and 1940s. They endured low pay and unsanitary and unsafe conditions. Housing, if available, was often sub-standard. Chavez dropped out of school after the eighth grade to help support his family, although he later became very well read and self-educated.
Cesar Chavez enlisted in the U.S. Navy at age 19 in 1946 and served two years. Upon leaving the Navy, he returned to California's field's and vineyards. in 1948
married Helen Fabela, another farm worker.
They honeymooned by visiting all the California Missions, from Sonoma
to San Diego. They settled in San Jose, California and started their family. eventually
raising eight children
Chavez's parish priest. Father Donald McDonnell, introduced him to
the social teachings of the Catholic Church as well as readings on St. Francis, Mahatma
Gandhi. spirituality and philosophy. They talked about the hardships and
indignities that farm workers suffered and about the power of non-violent protest
The Community Service Organization (CSO) recruited Chavez in 1952.
CSO was the most effective Latino civil rights group of its day. Chavez registered people to vote, got them engaged in civic and political affairs, and battled discrimination.
Cesar Chavez and Family