Cesar Chavez: Community organizer and farm labor and civil rights leader. An Arizona native and U.S. Navy veteran, he spent 31 years helping create the first enduring farm workers’ union in American history.
Philip Vera Cruz: Immigrant from the Philippines who settled in California, became a farm worker, and was active with agricultural worker unions starting in the 1950’s. One of the Manongs (Ilocano for elder brother), who became a leader of the mostly Filipino Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee that struck Delano-area table and wine grape workers on Sept. 8, 1965.
Dolores Huerta: American civil rights icon. Born in New Mexico and raised in Stockton, Calif. First learned about organizing in the 1950s along with Cesar Chavez in the Community Service Organization Latino civil rights group.
Gilbert Padilla: Labor and civil rights activist who along with Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta helped found what became the United Farm Workers.
Larry Itliong: Veteran American labor leader who was part of the Manongs (Ilocano for elder brother) who immigrated from the Philippines to work on West Coast farms and canaries in the 1920s and ’30s. Led Filipino grape pickers striking table grapes growers around Delano in 1965.
Jessica Govea Thorbourne: From Bakersfield, Calif., she and her family were organized by Cesar Chavez into the Community Service Organization civil rights group in Bakersfield during the 1950s.