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Ernesto Galarza was born in Jalcocotan Nayarit Mexico on August 15 1905 His early years were spent in the small village of Jalcocotan As a young boy Ernesto learned to never take things for granted He and his family migrated to the United States during the Mexican Revolution As a youngster he worked with his family harvesting crops in California Galarza was known as an activist scholar and an organizer His writings reflected his search and dream for a better world In 1965 Galarzas first book Strangers in Our Fields was published Galarza was a graduate student from Stanford University He was the first Mexican American admitted to Stanford He later attended Columbus University where he became the first Mexican American to earn a PhD in History and Political Science In 1947 Galarza was awarded his PhD in Economies Ernesto Galarza was a creative writer He published more than 100 items over the course of his life including more than a dozen books reports and literary works His writings focused on the areas of Latin America farm labor urban sociology education and Chicano Studies He had come a long way from his humble beginnings in Jalcocotan Ernesto Galarza was well known in the Chicano community He gained worldwide recognition when he was nominated in 1979 for the Nobel Peace Prize Ernesto Galarza was a man of stature strong confidence and action He understood and accepted his mission in life His determination and perseverance allowed him to pursue his destiny to the best of his ability On June 22 1984 at the age of 79 Ernesto Galarza died in his San Jose home Ernesto Galarza was a native of Mexico and a citizen of the United States He embraced American culture but never abandoned his Mexican heritage In doing so he contributed much to Chicano culture His legacy still lives on today as he touches the lives of so many He will be severely missed
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