Civil rights and labor leader who organized workers for the Congress of Industrial Organizations.
He was accepted to USC in 1936 on an athletic scholarship.
He was involved in a Mexican-American Movement which focused on the issues of unequal educational opportunity for Mexican-American students and police brutality.
After his first marriage with Blanche Taff ended, he married Angelina Casillas. He has three children.
He was asked to plan the March on Poverty by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.