Agriculture labor leader awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom...
Dolores Huerta, a noted labor leader, civil rights activist, and co-founder of the United Farmworkers Union with Cesar Chavez, will be honored by President Obama next week at the White House with the nation's highest civilian laud, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Huerta and twelve other recipients are being recognized for their "especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."
President Obama will award the medal to thirteen honorees, including Israel's President Shimon Peres, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, astronaut John Glenn, music legend Bob Dylan, and author Toni Morrison on Tuesday, May 29th.
Huerta's bio from the White House:
"Huerta is a civil rights, workers, and women’s advocate. With Cesar Chavez, she co-founded the National Farmworkers Association in 1962, which later became the United Farm Workers of America. Huerta has served as a community activist and a political organizer, and was influential in securing the passage of California’s Agricultural Labor Relations Act of 1975, and disability insurance for farmworkers in California. In 2002, she founded the Dolores Huerta Foundation, an organization dedicated to developing community organizers and national leaders. In 1998, President Clinton awarded her the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights."
The website for the Dolores Huerta Foundation.
*Photo courtesy of Dolores Huerta Foundation