Farmworker Movement Documentation Project - Presented by the UC San Diego Library

Roberto  Bustos

 

UFW Delano Striker /  1965-1973

 

El Capitan / “March To Sacramento” / 1966

BACKGROUND

Without doubt, the most significant public event in the history of Cesar Chavez and his farmworker movement was the “March To Sacramento” in 1966.  This 400 mile pilgrimage by the Delano Grape Strikers brought national attention to the plight of California farmworkers and their struggle for social justice.  

Roberto Bustos, a Delano Grape Striker  from Earlimart CA,  served as Captain – “El Capitan” – and led the 400-mile,  25-day march  from Delano to Sacramento – March 17, 1966 to April 6, 1966.

To mark the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the farmworker movement, Roberto in his own words and using photos selected from the website of the Farmworker Movement Documentation Project and those he has collected elsewhere,  has created a “chapter of documentation” about Cesar Chavez and the March to Sacramento.

My personal thanks to Roberto  for documenting his experience so the rest of us may better understand the historical significance of Cesar Chavez and his farmworker movement. – LeRoy Chatfield / Publisher

READ > “A CONVERSATION WITH CESAR CHAVEZ”

READ > “THE MARCH TO SACRAMENTO”

READ > “WHAT MARCH 17th MEANS TO ME”

READ > “A CONVERSATION WITH PEGGY MCGIVERN”

I  Photographs:  “The March To Sacramento”

(All captions written by Roberto Bustos)

II  Photographs:  “The Delano Grape Strike”

(All captions written by Roberto Bustos)

III  Photographs:  ” The Funeral of Cesar Chavez”

(All captions written by Roberto Bustos)

IV  Photographs:  ” Celebrating the Legacy of Cesar Chavez”

(Photographs of Tulare County “Cesar Chavez Day” Celebrations)

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Primary source accounts: photographs, oral histories, videos, essays and historical documents from the United Farm Worker Delano Grape Strikers and the UFW Volunteers who worked with Cesar Chavez to build his farmworker movement.

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