Si, Se Puede! Our Heritage: Dolores Huerta
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Dolores Huerta is a civil rights activist and community organizer. She has worked for labor rights and social justice for over 50 years. In 1962, she and Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers union. She served as Vice President and played a critical role in many of the union’s accomplishments for four decades. In 2002, she received the Puffin/Nation $100,000 prize for Creative Citizenship which she used to establish the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF). DHF is connecting groundbreaking community-based organizing to state and national movements to register and educate voters; advocate for education reform; bring about infrastructure improvements in low-income communities; advocate for greater equality for the LGBT community; and create strong leadership development. She has received numerous awards: among them The Eleanor Roosevelt Humans Rights Award from President Clinton in 1998. In 2012 President Obama bestowed Dolores with The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.
Schedule of Events:
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm- Documentary Viewing: Latino Americans
4:30 pm -5:30 pm- Virtual Lecture: Dolores Huerta
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm- Virtual Q&A Session
You are welcome to watch the documentary before the event.
Documentary: https://www.pbs.org/latino-americans/en/ Prejudice and Pride (1965-1980): In the 1960s and 1970s a generation of Mexican Americans, frustrated by persistent discrimination and poverty, find a new way forward, through social action and the building of a new "Chicano" identity. The movement is ignited when farmworkers in the fields of California, led by César Chavez and Dolores Huerta, march on Sacramento for equal pay and humane working conditions.