Cesar Chavez Day is observed on March 31 each year in Caliornia in honor of the U.S. labor and human rights leader’s birthday. Worthy of a visit is Cesar E. Chavez National Monument, located in Keene, a Kern County community along Highway 58 between Bakersfield and Tehachapi.
The 116-acre monument, less than a mile off the highway, was created in 2012 to tell the story of the farm worker movement, a key social movement in the 20th century. Cesar Chavez (1927-1993) and other members of the movement used nonviolent resistance to raise national awareness of the plight of farm workers. He championed for farm workers in California’s Central Valley to ensure a living wage, decent living and working conditions, and the right to join a union, adding stability and security to the lives of migrant workers and their families.
The monument is on the site of La Paz, Cesar Chavez’s home and organizational headquarters for more than 20 years, today a National Historic Landmark. His gravesite is also here.