While teaching grammar school, Dolores Huerta noticed that many of her students showed up to class ill or malnourished. Her students’ strife inspired her to begin her lifelong crusade of correcting economic injustice.
In 1962, the union leader and activist co-founded the first successful farm workers union in the United States, calling it the United Farm Workers. Since then, Huerta has played a critical role in many of the union’s accomplishments, often risking her own life to ensure farmers’ rights. In addition to receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, Huerta has become an icon in the Latino community where her phrase, “Si se puede,” is a popular, rallying cry for thousands across the US.
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