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Civil Rights Activist to Speak at Shenandoah University

On Monday, Sept. 10 American feminist, leader and civil rights activist, Dolores Huerta will hold an hour-long presentation discussing her life at Shenandoah University. The event will be held at 2 p.m. in Stimpson Auditorium and is free and open to the public, according to Shenandoah University News.

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“She’s on the level of Cesar Chávez and Martin Luther King, Jr.,” said Dr. Bryan Pearce-Gonzales, professor of Hispanic studies at Shenandoah University, who helped to arrange Huerta’s visit.

“She’s one of those larger-than-life, important political figures and activists. She’s the American dream story. She’s not a singer, a dancer or an actor. She’s just trying to fight for the downtrodden and people who might not have a voice,” Pearce-Gonzales added.

After her talk on campus, Huerta will host a screening of a new documentary, “Dolores: Rebel, Activist, Feminist, Mother,” at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at 7 pm. She will speak before the screening and have a question-and-answer session with the audience following the screening.

Huerta has fought to advance the wages and lives of farm workers and Spanish-speaker’s since the 1950s.

In 1962, she co-founded the National Farm Workers Association and a year later, secured disability insurance for California farm workers.

She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2012.

Monica Levitan can be reached at [email protected]. You can follow her on Twitter @monlevy_.

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