Cesar Chavez

Tell us what you did
to help Cesar's cause

"I was there when it all began"

I was there when it all began

In the 1960s I joined a bunch of my fellow social workers from San Francisco who walked part of the way alongside the farmworkers who were led by Cesar Chavez in their historic march from Delano to Sacramento. We were all members of the AFL-CIO Serviceworkers Union and were there to lend our support to those brave people. I remember that despite the heat and the rigors of their long march, spirits were high and the farmworkers would break out into song and do impromptu Mexican dances along the way. Occasionally the marchers were met by locals, who had mixed reactions. Some would just stand and stare at them or yell insults, while others cheered them on.