When President Joe Biden signed Executive Orders on his first day as Commander in Chief, the face of a California civil rights icon that changed the lives of farm workers across the country was visible in the Oval Office

Behind the “Resolute Desk” was a photo of the first family on a table next to the bust of César Chávez, the Mexican who founded the United Farm Workers Union in the 1960s

Though he left this world more than 25 years ago, Chavez played a key role in American history

“As a son and part of the family, I am very proud that my father’s bust is in the president’s office,” said Paul Chávez, son of the late civil rights leader

The copper bust of the human rights defender has been placed one step away from the desk where the president will sign laws that will change the fate of millions of people for at least the next four years

“President Biden is working with César Chávez – that means the President’s heart is very big and he understands the sacrifice of farm workers,” said Dolores Huerta, an activist leader who worked closely with César Chavez

“But I think the meaning of this [bust] is beyond that, that Biden recognizes the contribution immigrants have made to this nation,” said Paul Chavez

The sculpture was previously in California and was brought to the U.S. Capitol at the request of the White House

“The President was an admirer of my father, but the fact that [the bust] is in the office is a very beautiful thing and we are honored,” said Paul Chavez

The 46 President of the United States has a close relationship with the farm leader’s family

“He told me that part of his decision to go into public service came down to my father’s example,” Paul Chavez said of Biden

César Chávez’s sentence “Si Se Puede” (Yes, we can) served as the melody in the migration marches and will now echo in the nation’s most emblematic office

“[President Biden] is working with the most humble person, Cesar Chavez, a man who gave his life to work with the poorest people in the countryside,” said Huerta

César Chávez was not only a humble activist and father of a family, but also devoted himself to the Virgin of Guadalupe, like President Biden – something that, according to the Chávez family, binds them even more

The Oval Office also shows the busts of activist leader Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, former Sen Robert F. Kennedy and former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and a portrait of President Franklin D Roosevelt hangs in front of the Resolute Desk

But César Chavez’s expansion of space gives even more hope that the highest office in the country will respect immigrants and appreciate the contributions of Latinos to the United States

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Source: https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/civil-rights-leader-cesar-chavez-visible-in-president-bidens-oval-office/2510025/