Cesar Chavez honored with Google doodle

California farm labor leader Cesar Chavez was honored on Eastern Sunday with a Google doodle on the home page of the search engine.

The honor comes several months after President Obama last year visited the Tehachapi Mountains hamlet of Keene to dedicate the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument.

In 2011, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar added the headquarters of the United Farm Workers and Chavez’s residence from 1971 to his death in 1993 to the National Register of Historic Places. The Navy christened the newest cargo-ammunition ship for Chavez, who served in the Navy during World War II.


Obama’s visit came as the struggling United Farm Workers celebrates its 50th anniversary. By the time Chavez died in 1993, the labor leader and his union had been written off by detractors who called them irrelevant in contemporary labor, cultural and political issues.

Sunday marks Chavez’s birthday. A Google doodle is a temporary logo that honors people and things. Google describes them this way: “Doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.”

--Here are stories from a 2006 Times investigation into the UFW and Chavez’s legacy.

--Here is The Times 1993 obituary for Chavez.

--Here is a Times photo gallery: Remembering Chavez

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