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In the Spring of 1968, Cesar Chavez fasted for 25 days to recommit his farmworker movement to nonviolence. The Fast took place on the outskirts of Delano at the union headquarters called Forty Acres. The commentary for these photos was written by LeRoy Chatfield.


Jon Lewis was a photojournalist who joined the farmworker movement in early 1966 and worked for a year  documenting the work of Cesar Chavez and the Delano Grape Strikers. In 1968, he returned to shoot these photos of Cesar Chavez and his fast for nonviolence. After Jon’s death in 2009, Yale University acquired his farmworker movement portfolio, which will be available to scholars and the interested public in 2011.

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