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FactAwarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama on 29 May 2012.

Dolores Huerta is an American labor leader and civil rights activist who was a co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW). Huerta has received numerous awards for her community service and advocacy for workers’ and civil rights, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Born on April 10, 1930, in Dawson, New Mexico, Huerta was the second child of Juan Fernández and Alicia Chávez. Her father was a miner and farmworker, and her mother was a homemaker. Huerta’s parents divorced when she was three years old, and she was raised by her mother. She has two sisters, Pauline and Alicia.

Huerta attended school in Stockton, California, where she excelled academically and was elected president of her senior class. After graduating from high school in 1947, she enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied economics and sociology. She left Berkeley after one year to marry fellow student Ralph Huerta, with whom she had five children.

In 1955, Huerta began working as a community organizer in Stockton. She soon became involved in the local chapter of the Community Service Organization (CSO), a group that worked to improve conditions for Mexican Americans. In 1958, she helped lead a successful campaign to get Mexican Americans elected to the Stockton city council.

In 1962, Huerta met César Chávez, a fellow CSO leader who was working to organize farmworkers in California. The two men formed the National Farmworkers Association (NFWA) that same year. Huerta served as the NFWA’s vice president and was instrumental in negotiating contracts between farmworkers and growers.

In 1965, Huerta helped lead a five-year strike by California grape workers. The strike ended with a contract that included higher wages and improved working conditions for farmworkers.

In 1968, Huerta was injured while protesting against the Vietnam War outside the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. She was knocked down by a police baton, and her skull was fractured. The incident made national news, and Huerta became an even more visible leader of the farmworker movement.

In 1972, the NFWA merged with another farmworker organization to form the United Farm Workers (UFW). Huerta served as the UFW’s vice president and was once again involved in negotiating contracts between farmworkers and growers.

Throughout her career, Huerta has been an outspoken advocate for workers’ and civil rights. In addition to her work with the UFW, she has also been active in the feminist and Chicano rights movements. In 2002, she founded the Dolores Huerta Foundation, which works to empower communities through education and leadership development.

Huerta has received numerous awards for her community service and advocacy, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which she received from President Barack Obama in 2012.

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Full NameDolores Huerta
ProfessionActor, Labor leader, Activist
EducationSan Joaquin Delta College, University of the Pacific


ChildrenEmilio Huerta, Lori Head, Celeste Head
ParentsAlicia Chavez, Juan Fernandez


AwardsPresidential Medal of Freedom, Community of Christ International Peace Award, Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights, Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship

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1Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama on 29 May 2012.
2Had 4 children with partner Richard Chavez.
3She co-chaired the 1972 California delegation to the Democratic Convention.
4Co-founder (with Cesar Chavez) of the United Farm Workers union.
5Inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1993.




Grandes Latinos2013TV SeriesGuest


Song for Cesar2017Documentary filmingHerself
Beauty Bites Beast2015Documentary completed
Democracy Now!2008-2016TV SeriesHerself
Food Chains2014Documentary
Makers: Women Who Make America2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself, civil rights activist
Brothers on the Line2012DocumentaryHerself
Voces Vivas2011Video documentaryHerself
Miss Representation2011DocumentaryHerself - Activist and Co-Founder United Farm Workers Union, Dolores Huerta Foundation
30 for 302010TV Series documentaryHerself
A Crushing Love2009DocumentaryHerself
This Brave Nation: Dolores Huerta and Bonnie Raitt2008Video shortHerself
1968 with Tom Brokaw2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
Del otro lado2006TV Series documentaryHerself
2000 Hispanic Heritage Awards2000TV Special
The Remarkable Journey2000TV SeriesHerself
The Fight in the Fields1997DocumentaryHerself

Archive Footage

The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself - Labor activist
Need to Know2013TV SeriesHerself - Civil Rights Advocate

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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