Labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association in 1962 to help disenfranchised farm workers.
His family lost their grocery store and ranch during the Great Depression, then lost their next home after a contract of his father's was broken.
His birthday, March 31st, has become nationally recognized, and he became known for his slogan "Si, se puede."
He was married to Helen Fabela Chavez from 1948 until his death. He had three sons and five daughters. His brother was Richard Chavez, a fellow activist and labor leader.
Like Martin Luther King Jr., he fought for civil rights.