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Associated Press "Join Hands During Mass"

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09817 Author/Creator: Associated Press Place Written: Phoenix, Arizona Type: Photograph Date: 3 May 1972 Pagination: 1 photograph ; 21.2 x 18.6 cm.

One photograph entitled, "Join Hands During Mass," dated May 31, 1972 taken by Associated Press. Image consists of Coretta Scott King and Cesar Chavez holding heads during a religious service. Wire transfer information states that they met for 20 minutes and attended a mass in Phoenix, Arizona. Also stated is that this was his 20th day of fasting "in protest of a new Arizona farm labor relations law."

Cesar Chavez was an American civil rights, labor activist and co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union with Dolores Huerta. Chavez took up fasting from time to time to protest labor and farm workers. In 1972, his mission for fasting was to oppose legislation that had been passed in Arizona which prevented farmers from boycotting or striking during harvest seasons.

Coretta Scott King was a civil rights activist who worked in solidarity with Chavez for labor rights. A year before this image, King visited Chavez while he was imprisoned in Salinas, CA and addressed 2,000 farmer workers about the movement to gain workers rights for Latinos and African Americans.

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