Albuquerque Cesar Chavez march to feature Dolores Huerta
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Social activist Dolores Huerta is slated to visit Albuquerque and lead a march in honor of her United Farm Worker union co-founder Cesar Chavez.
The 87-year-old Huerta is scheduled Saturday to speak at the 25th annual César Chávez Day Fiesta just days after PBS aired a documentary from Independent Lens based on her life.
The Dawson, New Mexico-born civil rights advocate became a national figure in the 1960s as a tireless United Farm Workers leader and campaign volunteer for Sen. Robert Kennedy’s 1968 presidential run. She later dedicated her life to rid pesticides from farms.
In 2012, Obama finally acknowledged Huerta for her role in the creation of his “Yes, We Can” slogan during his first presidential campaign. Her “Si, Se Puede” rallying cry was part of the farmworkers’ movement.