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Chávez grew up in a small adobe home, the same home in which he was born.
His family owned a grocery store and a ranch, but their land was lost during the Great Depression .
Chávez experienced injustice early in life; his home was taken away after his father had agreed to clear eighty acres of land in exchange for the deed to the house, an agreement which was subsequently broken.
These were difficult years, sleeping by the side of the road, moving from farm to farm, from harvest to harvest. Cesar would attend 38 different schools until he finally gave up after finishing the 8th grade
School was also difficult because Cesar spoke only Spanish at home, and Spanish was forbidden in school.
His father had been injured in a car accident, and Cesar did not want his mother to work. So Cesar left school and became a migrant farm worker to help support his family.
The mission of the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation, a (501(c)(3)) non-profit charitable organization, is to maximize human potential to improve communities by preserving, promoting and applying the legacy and universal values of civil rights leader Cesar E. Chavez.
Cesar Chávez's birthday, March 31, is celebrated in California as a state holiday, intended to promote service to the community in honor of Chávez's life and work. Many, but not all, state government offices, community colleges, and libraries are closed.