Last Sunday some 400 union members, friends and family braved the wind and rain to commemorate the birthday of Cesar Chavez, founder of the United Farm Workers. The actual state holiday is March 31, which would have been the 84th birthday of the civil rights leader.
The Internet has an abundance of valuable historical information on Chavez and the farmworkers. Here are some highlights:
Cesar E. Chavez Research Center. The California Education Department's repository of essays, interviews, documents, photographs and letters related to Chavez and the UFW.
Resources for the Public. A California Education Department collection that includes a biography, speeches, interviews, newspaper articles, documents, tributes and scholarly articles.
Calisphere Cesar Chavez materials. More than 1,600 photos, posters, letters, interviews and other documents.
Center for Sacramento History. Online catalog of images, many from The Sacramento Bee.
FBI Records. FOIA documents on Chavez and the farm labor movement.
Fight in the Fields. Timeline, quotations and historical articles that supplement the PBS documentary film on Chavez and the farmworkers' struggle.
PHOTO CREDIT: Robert Kennedy joins Cesar Chavez at the end of his 1968 fast in Delano. Photo by the San Jose Mercury News.