Civil right leader who is often called the 'Godfather of the Latino Movement.' He notably brought Latino issues to the attention of U.S. politics.
He received a degree in pharmacy before pursuing law school.
He was California's Secretary of Health and Welfare from 1975 to 1982 and he co-founded the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund in 1967.
His parent's raised him alongside eleven siblings.
Jerry Brown requested his help to recruit cabinet officers and offered him a position as California's Secretary of Health and Welfare.