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Today in history: Cesar Chavez began his 25-day water-only fast in Delano, Calif. on Feb. 11, 1968
 

Cesar Chavez began his 25-day water-only fast in Delano, Calif. on Feb. 11, 1968, to rededicate the farm worker movement to nonviolence. His only public appearance each day was to attend Catholic Mass. Hundreds of farm workers came to where he was fasting at the movement’s Forty Acres complex outside Delano, many camping out overnight, to show their support. He became so weak that he needed help walking. Here Cesar was assisted by United Farm Workers leaders Philip Vera Cruz (on Cesar’s right) and Julio Hernandez (on his left). (Photo courtesy of the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University.)

César Chávez comenzó sus 25 de ayuno con solo agua en Delano, California. El 11 de febrero de 1968, y se lo dedico al movimiento campesino en contra de la violencia. Su única aparición pública cada día era para asistir a la misa católica. Cientos de campesinos llegaron a donde él estaba ayunando en el complejo habitacional Forty Acres afuera de Delano, muchos acamparon durante la noche, para mostrar su apoyo. Llegó a estar tan débil que necesitaba ayuda para caminar. Aquí Cesar fue asistido por los líderes de United Farm Workers Felipe Vera Cruz (a la derecha de César) y Julio Hernández (a su izquierda). (Foto cortesía de la revista Archives of Asuntos Urbanos del Trabajo y de la Universidad Estatal de Wayne.)

Today in history: Cesar Chavez began his 25-day water-only fast in Delano, Calif. on Feb. 11, 1968, to rededicate the farm worker movement to nonviolence. His only public appearance each day was to attend Catholic Mass. Hundreds of farm workers came to where he was fasting at the movement’s Forty Acres complex outside Delano, many camping out overnight, to show their support. He became so weak that he needed help walking. Here Cesar was assisted by United Farm Workers leaders Philip Vera Cruz (on Cesar’s right) and Julio Hernandez (on his left). (Photo courtesy of the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University.)