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TaĆ­na Caragol, curator of Latino art and history at the National Portrait Gallery discusses Dolores Huerta.

The exhibition "One Life: Dolores Huerta" (July 3, 2015 through May 15, 2016 ) highlights the significant role of this Latina leader in the California farm workers movement of the 1960s and 70s. This eleventh installment in the "One Life" series is the first devoted to a Latina. It illuminates Huerta as the co-founder, with Cesar Chavez, of the United Farm Workers (UFW), and highlights her position as the union's lobbyist and contract negotiator.

Huerta was instrumental in achieving major legal protections and a better standard of living for farm workers, yet she remains largely under-acknowledged in history.

The exhibition is the first in a national museum to draw attention to her contributions.

Opening in July 2015, the exhibition will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the September 1965 grape strike launched by the farm workers movement.


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