DOLORES, a documentary screening & conversation with dolores huerta

Tuesday, March 28, 2017  •  6:00pm  •  Hooks Hyde Hall
Free & open to the public  •  Registration Requested

 

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the National Civil Rights Museum is screening the documentary DOLORES, a narrative of the defiant Hispanic feminist, Dolores C. Huerta, followed by a conversation with the esteemed activist.  The film tells how Huerta fought tirelessly alongside César Chavez for racial and labor justice to become one of the most influential labor leaders of the twentieth century, despite the obstacles of male chauvinism.

Like so many powerful women advocates, Huerta and her sweeping reforms were – and still are – sidelined and diminished. Even as she empowered a generation of immigrants to stand up for their rights, her relentless work ethic was constantly under attack. False accusations of child neglect and immoral behavior—she married three times and raised 11 children – pushed Dolores out of the very union she helped create.

As an advocate for farm workers' rights, Huerta has been arrested 22 times for participating in non-violent civil disobedience activities and strikes. She remains active in progressive causes, and serves on the boards of For the American Way and Feminist Majority Foundation.  The National Civil Rights Museum honored her as one of the Icons of the Civil Rights Movement during its 2011 Freedom Award.

In the first film of its kind, DOLORES sheds light on this enigmatic, intensely private woman who is among the most important activists in American history. With unprecedented access to both Huerta and her children, the film reveals the raw, personal stories behind the public figure. It portrays a woman both heroic and flawed, working tirelessly for social change.