Jim Marshall's photo was taken at the California State Capitol in Sacramento after Cesar Chavez completed his 300-mile march in support of farmworkers' rights. Jim captured Chavez in a pose that suggests the vision and leadership that he truly embodied.
I believe in what Chavez stood for as an activist and civil rights leader. He fought for the rights of people doing some of the most difficult work for some of the lowest wages so they could unionize and advocate for themselves to earn a dignified wage. In my art piece, I included articles that reflected the struggles of people who are on the lowest rung of the economic ladder. Chavez fought to increase the minimum wage for these people, and that battle continues today.
--Shepard Fairey, April 2016