Baldemar Velasquez

Civil Rights Leader

Birthday February 15, 1947

Birth Sign Aquarius

Birthplace Pharr, TX

Age 77 years old

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Labor union activist who co-founded the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, a labor union representing migrant farm workers in the Midwest, in 1967.

Before Fame

He would help his parents in the fields starting at the age of four.


He was named as a MacArthur Fellow and awarded the Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest honor that can be received by a non-citizen of Mexico.

Family Life

He was born to Cresencio and Vicenta-Castillo Velasquez with eight siblings.

Associated With

He was influenced by the ideas of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Gandhi, and Cesar Chavez.