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Documentary Chronicles Life And Work Of Civil Rights Leader Dolores Huerta

Labor leader Dolores Huerta organizing marchers on May 2, 1969, in Coachella ...

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Above: Labor leader Dolores Huerta organizing marchers on May 2, 1969, in Coachella California.

Documentary Chronicles Life And Work Of Civil Rights Leader Dolores Huerta

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Dolores Huerta, civil rights activist

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Rebel. Activist. Feminist. Mother. That’s the tagline of a new documentary about the life and work of civil right leader Dolores Huerta.

In the 1960’s, Huerta co-founded what became the United Farm Workers labor union with the late labor leader Cesar Chavez. Together, they organized the Delano grape strike and boycott and fought for better wages and working conditions on behalf of farmworkers. Still, her contributions to the movement often go unrecognized.

The film, “Dolores,” aims to set the record straight. From her childhood to her work in the farmworker’s labor movement and her focus on women’s rights, the film chronicles Huerta's greatest accomplishments and the struggles she faced as a woman and mother of 11 children.

At 87, Huerta continues to work to effect social change through the Dolores Huerta Foundation.

Huerta, a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, was in San Diego Friday for the opening of “Dolores” at the Landmark’s Ken Cinema. She spoke with Midday Edition about the film and her life’s work.

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