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~Distinguished Social Activist Dolores Huerta Will Speak at Wellesley College May 11~

For immediate release:
May 6, 2004

Arlie Corday,

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Dolores Huerta, a distinguished 50-year veteran of the American civil rights movement, will speak at Wellesley College on Tuesday, May 11, at 11 am in Collins Cinema on the Wellesley, Mass., campus. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by a number of Wellesley organizations and departments.

Huerta has played a major role in the American civil rights movement by practicing nonviolence in order to create social change. The 74-year-old has dedicated her life to the struggle for justice and dignity for migrant farm workers and has been honored for her contributions with countless community service, labor, Latino and women's awards.

Along with her many other achievements, she co-founded the United Farm Workers (UFW) union with Cesar Chavez, who for his social activism, was posthumously awarded the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Huerta continues as a leader in social activism supporting the union she co-founded and speaking for women’s rights and fair labor issues. In addition, she leads the cause for Latina leadership development. She has recently launched the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF), which focuses on community organizing and leadership development.

"(Huerta) is a living legend who continues her work bringing together feminists, community workers, religious groups, Latino associations, student protesters and peace groups," said Wellesley senior Mary McCoy, who is helping to organize the event. "It is an honor for Wellesley College to host this prominent and influential woman with national repute…Dolores is a role model for Wellesley students because she is a woman who lives Wellesley's motto, 'Non ministrari sed ministrare' (not to be served, but to serve)."

For more information, e-mail or call 917-287-6446.

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