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The Life of Ernesto Galarza: Social Activist and Educator

 

1905-1984

 


 

1905

Born in Jalcocotan, Nayarit Mexico

 

 

 

 

1911

Immigrates to the United States

 


Young Galarza

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1913

At the age of 8 Galarza participates in his first labor union

 

 

Map of Jalcocotan and Sacremento

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1917

Mother dies of Influenza

 


 

1923

Admitted into Occidental College

 

 

 

 

1927

Graduates from Occidental College

 


 

1928

Marries Mae Taylor

 

 


 

 


1929

Earns M.A. in History at Stanford

 

1932 1936

Galarza and wife establish Year-Long School

 

1936

Joins the Pan American Union

 

 


1947

Earns Ph.D. from Columbia

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Helps organize strike against DiGiorgio Fruit Corporation

 


1947 1954

Serves as Vice President to the National Farm Labor Union

 

DiGiorgio Striker Click to Enlarge

1950

Leads a strike in Tracy, CA of tomato pickers

 

 


1951

Leads a strike in Imperial Valley, CA of Cantaloupe Pickers

 


Meeting of the National
                    Farm Labor Union

 

 

1953

In Louisiana helps organize a strike with sugar cane workers and strawberry pickers

 

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1954 1963

Serves as Secretary to National Agricultural Workers Union

 

 


1956

Bolivian government gives Galarza the Order of the Condor

 

 

 

1963 1964

Appointed adviser to the House Committee on Education and Labor

Galarza and Wife

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1967

Boycotts major conference on Hispanics in El Paso, Texans

 


Galarza

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1971

Founded the Studio Laboratory for Bilingual Education

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Receives the degree of Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Occidental College

 

 

1979

Nominated for Nobel Prize in Literature

 

 


1983

Occidental College awards Galarza with the Alumni Seal

 

 

 

 

Died 1984

 

 

 


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