Chavez, Huerta Honored And Remembered For Their Work During National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month

  • Expanded to a month-long celebration in the U.S in 1988
  • Celebrations happen between September 15th and the middle of October
  • National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico is a hub for celebrations
  • Brings together Hispanics and Latinos from coast to coast
  • Highlights the contributions of the growing Hispanic demographic

Cultural Immersion and History

  • Showcases the history of Hispano Chicano and Latino identity
  • Provides a transparent and inclusive manner of storytelling
  • Helps in understanding American independence and history
  • Aims to ensure the Hispanic story is told accurately
  • Promotes cultural immersion and appreciation

Cesar Chavez's Impact

  • Revered human rights activist for his work in advancing the farming community
  • Born in Yuma, Arizona in 1927
  • Gained support for his peaceful approach to evoke change
  • Fought for the dignity of Hispanic laborers
  • His impact is immeasurable and changed the course of history

Medal of Freedom for Cesar Chavez

  • Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously in 1993
  • Recognized for his dedication to social justice
  • First to give voice to overworked and underpaid farmers
  • His impact reached the White House and beyond
  • Remembered for embodying the willingness to serve and put the community first

Dolores Huerta's Contribution

  • Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011
  • Worked alongside Cesar Chavez in founding the United Farm Workers labor union
  • Played a crucial role in organizing one of the largest movements in U.S. history
  • Advocated for the value and power of collective action
  • Highlighted the importance of organization for a democratic institution