Chicano activist Cesar Chavez is often credited with spearheading the farm laborers’ movement, but Larry Itliong led the first Delano Grape Strike in 1965 to protest the poor working conditions of grape pickers in the California Central Valley. Itliong his coworker, Philip Vera Cruz, later joined Chavez and Dolores Huerta to form the United Farm Workers, and successfully negotiated a raise in wages. Itliong was instrumental in uniting Chicano and Filipino laborers, and last year, nearly 40 years after his death, the activist was memorialized in a California bill that marked Oct. 25 as Larry Itliong Day.