Bring up the name Cesar Chavez in the Imperial Valley and you will hear opinions about him touching both ends of the spectrum and not many opinions falling in between.
Talk to a group of local farmers and they will tell you Chavez was a bad guy guilty of malevolent practices and ruthless in getting what he wanted. They will tell you he was a glory hog who courted the media and was nowhere near a humble man of peace, as he liked to be portrayed. They will tell you he did not do as much for farm workers as he claimed, that farmers were moving toward much of what was accomplished on their own.
Talk to a group of farm worker families locally and they will tell you Chavez used intelligence and persistence to bring a better life to millions of people, specifically farm workers and their children. They will point to their children and grandchildren who are college graduates and say they are Chavez's legacy. They will say Chavez was a true hero, one who likely died an early death because of the wear and tear his persistence took on his body.