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A Collaborative to Enhance the Teaching and Learning of American History
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Spring 2006 Colloquia

Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta


Dolores Huerta


About Dolores Huerta

In 1962 along with Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta co-founded what would become the United Farm Workers Union (UFW).

She successfully lobbied for the Agricultural Labor Relations Act, the first law of its kind in the United States which grants farm workers the right to collectively organize and bargain for better wages and working conditions,

As an advocate for farm worker rights Dolores has been arrested twenty-two times for non-violent peaceful union activities.

In 1984 the California State Senate bestowed upon her the Outstanding Labor Leader Award. In 1993 Dolores was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. That same year she received the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Roger Baldwin Medal of Liberty Award; and the Eugene V. Debs Foundation Outstanding American Award, and the Ellis Island Medal of Freedom Award. She is also the recipient of the Consumers’ Union Trumpeter’s Award. In 1998 she was one of three Ms. Magazine’s, "Women of the Year", and the Ladies Home Journal’s, "100 Most Important Women of the 20th Century".

Aside from currently serving as the Secretary-Treasurer of the United Farm Workers, she is the Vice-President for the Coalition for Labor Union Women, the Vice-President of the California AFL-CIO, and is a board member for the Fund For The Feminist Majority, which advocates for the political and equal rights for women.

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The Project for the Active Teaching of History

Funded by a major grant from the U.S. Department of Education, PATH seeks to enhance the teaching of American history throughout the Gulf Coast region. A joint project of Region 4 Education Service Center, the University of Houston Department of History and College of Education, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, PATH will host a series of summer seminars for teachers and colloquia for the general public.

For additional information: Please contact Debra Williams, Education Specialist in Science/Social Studies Services at Region 4 Education Service Center, 713-744-6846 or