What was the significance of Cesar Chavez’s leadership for the Mexican-American community? 

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Cesar Chavez had a tremendous social and economic impact on the Mexican-American community.  He fought tirelessly to protect the bargaining rights of migrant farm workers.  His efforts led to the establishment of the National Farm Workers association and the rights of farm workers to bargain collectively.  This organization was interested in improving wages, working conditions, pensions and health care for Mexican-Americans.  Chavez organized boycotts, marches, and other forms of nonviolent protests that empowered Mexican-Americans. Chavez inspired millions of disenfranchised Mexican-Americans to seek social justice and civil rights.  Chavez was a humble man and did not profit from his efforts.  His genuine concern for others made it possible for him to achieve a broad coalition of support for his cause.  Cesar Chavez was as important to Mexican-Americans as Dr. Martin Luther King was to African-Americans.