CHICAGO (AP) _ Gov. Pat Quinn is honoring the life of Cesar Chavez, the activist whose personal story is the subject of a new film.
Quinn on Friday encouraged Illinois residents to learn about Chavez and the causes he championed. The Chicago Democrat also declared Monday Cesar Chavez day in Illinois.
Chavez was a cotton picker and U.S. Navy veteran who formed the United Farm Workers and led a fight for fair wages and civil rights.
Quinn says he’ll always remember meeting Chavez in 1974. He says the Mexican-American activist’s message of “juntos podemos”, which translates to “together we can”, has stayed with him.
Quinn says the new film, titled “Cesar Chavez,” reminds people of the value of service and that “history is made one painful step at a time.”