Albuquerque Cesar Chavez march to feature Dolores Huerta

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FILE – In this May 29, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama awards American labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Clara Fernandez Huerta the Presidential Medal of Freedom, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Huerta, the social activist who formed a farm workers union with César Chávez […]

Social activist Dolores Huerta is slated to visit Albuquerque and lead a march in honor of her United Farm Worker union co-founder Cesar Chavez.

The 87-year-old Huerta is scheduled Saturday to speak at the 25th annual César Chávez Day Fiesta just days after PBS aired a documentary from Independent Lens based on her life.

The Dawson, New Mexico-born civil rights advocate became a national figure in the 1960s as a tireless United Farm Workers leader and campaign volunteer for Sen. Robert Kennedy’s 1968 presidential run. She later dedicated her life to rid pesticides from farms.

In 2012, Obama finally acknowledged Huerta for her role in the creation of his “Yes, We Can” slogan during his first presidential campaign. Her “Si, Se Puede” rallying cry was part of the farmworkers’ movement.

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