Even though there are at least six schools in the U.S. named after Dolores Huerta, an hour ago, I didn’t know who she was. As a young teacher in California, “she could no longer bare to see her students come to school with empty stomachs and bare feet, and thus began her lifelong journey of working to correct economic injustice.” She led the Stockton Community Service Organization until 1962 when, at the age of 32, with co-founder Cesar Chavez, she started the National Farm Workers Association (now the UFW).
Reading her bio brings a big smile to my face, “At age 78, Dolores Huerta continues to work tirelessly developing leaders, advocating for working poor, women and children. Dolores Huerta is currently the President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation. She travels daily speaking to students at Universities and organizational forums, impacting others on issues of social justice and public policy.” Check out her Foundation’s recent victories.