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¡Viva la Causa! Dolores Huerta and the Struggle for Justice

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Fri, 2014-03-28
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While preparing an exhibition on the life and work of a living icon, LA Plaza has been privileged enough to involve the individual in the process. Last month, members of LA Plaza’s curatorial team made a visit to the Dolores Huerta Foundation in Bakersfield to touch base with activist and labor leader, Dolores Huerta—the subject of LA Plaza’s newest exhibition.

LA Plaza’s team met with Dolores and her daughter, Lori, to explore the Foundation’s archives in search of documents, photos, and art pieces for display in the upcoming exhibition: ¡Viva la Causa! Dolores Huerta and the Struggle for Justice. The staff was lucky enough to also catch a glimpse of personal family photos of Dolores as a baby with her siblings and father.

While her life’s work makes her an unequivocal legend, Dolores seems to have little desire to advertise her individual accomplishments and instead regularly shifts the attention to social justice causes she is currently involved in: LGBT rights, immigration, environmental justice, and women’s rights. She described the attitude of the farm workers movement by saying, “We wanted to make history, not be history,” adding that they would not have been successful if their goal was fame or individual recognition.

Dolores Huerta’s work makes her an icon, but her humility continues to make her an inspiration.

Don’t miss ¡Viva la Causa! Dolores Huerta and the Struggle for Justice opening March 29th!