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The Inspiring Telegram That One Hero, Martin Luther King Jr., Sent to Another Hero, Cesar Chavez

You will not find pictures of the two civil rights leaders together. That’s because the two never met in person. However, they did communicate with each other and interacted through telegrams. In 1968, when Cesar Chavez, co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union, went on a 25-day fast as a way to affirm his commitment to nonviolence, he received the following telegram from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Upon receiving the telegram, Chavez was too weak to read it and had to have someone else read it to him. Dr. King’s message is indeed an “eloquent testimony” to the respect and admiration the two men deserve.

Telegram from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Cesar Chavez