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March marks the birthday of Cesar Chavez. This day is a State holiday in California, Colorado and Texas. In 1927, Mr. Chavez was born into a family of Mexican-American migrant workers. In 1962, he founded (along with Delores Huerta) the National Farm Workers Association, later to become the United Farm Workers (UFW). The organization and its allies carried out a number of strikes, boycotts, and community actions to earn rights and draw attention to the plight of migrant workers. In 1968, Chavez fasted for 25 days, promoting the principle of nonviolence. On September 8, 1994, Chavez was presented posthumously with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2014, a biographical film, Cesar Chavez, was released.