The History Colorado Center welcomes legendary civil rights activist and community organizer Dolores Huerta to Denver on Thursday, December 12, for its inspiring speaker series Bold Women. Change History.
Founder and president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation and co-founder with César Chávez of the United Farm Workers of América, Huerta presents her personal history during the public engagement initiative known as Women’s Vote Centennial Colorado, the nation’s most comprehensive statewide commemoration of the largest voting-rights expansion in US history.
The event will be held on December 12, 7-8pm, at the History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO. Tickets are $25, member tickets are $15, and students are $5. Tickets are available at h-co.org/BoldWomen or call 303-447-8679.
The History Colorado Center offers complimentary onsite childcare for children ages 6 to 12 for Bold Women. Change History. events by request. Please complete the childcare request form—available at h-co.org/BoldWomen —48 hours in advance of the event date. Guardians are required to stay on the premises and must complete a check-in form and present ID at pickup.
Dolores Huerta is a noted civil rights activist and community organizer. She has worked for labor rights and social justice for over 50 years. In 1962, she and César Chávez founded the United Farm Workers union. She served as Vice President and played a critical role in many of the union’s accomplishments for four decades. In 2002, she received the Puffin/Nation $100,000 prize for Creative Citizenship, which she used to establish the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF). DHF is connecting groundbreaking community-based organizing to state and national movements to register and educate voters; advocate for education reform; bring about infrastructure improvements in low-income communities; advocate for greater equality for the LGBT community; and create strong leadership development. She has received numerous awards, among them the Eleanor Roosevelt Humans Rights Award from President Clinton in 1998. In 2012 President Obama bestowed Dolores with The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.
Huerta’s work is central to the El Movimiento core exhibit on long-term view at the History Colorado Center, where it is offered to more than 200,000 visitors each year. It uses artifacts, photos, archival video footage, and activists’ own voices to tell about the Chicano struggle for labor rights, student activism, the Vietnam War, and more.
The primary public forum of the Women’s Vote Centennial Colorado—a grassroots initiative led by History Colorado, the governor’s Women’s Vote Centennial Commission, and you—Bold Women. Change History. features scholars, authors, and history-makers who illuminate what happens when voters knock down barriers and prohibit discrimination. All events take place at the History Colorado Center (1200 Broadway). Human rights advocate Carol Anderson (Feb 12, 2020), author of the critically acclaimed White Rage (Bloomsbury, 2016); and
Astronaut Susan Helms (Jan 9, 2020), Lieutenant General, USAF, Ret.
and Human rights advocate Carol Anderson (Feb 12, 2020), author of the critically acclaimed White Rage (Bloomsbury, 2016), join Huerta among upcoming presenters in the series. Bios, event details, and tickets for all events are available via h-co.org/BoldWomen. History Colorado, the state agency leading the Women’s Vote Centennial Colorado, invites interested organizations and individuals across the state to collaborate together to create space and events for civic engagement, commemoration, impact and support. Statewide partnerships between local museums, libraries, clubs, schools, arts organizations and individuals in communities will provide settings for voting-related events and dialogue. For more information about ways to get involved and participate, visit COWomensCentennial.org, call 303-620-4933, or email HC_COWomensHistory@state.co.us.
Visit HistoryColorado.org, or call 303-HISTORY (303-447-8679), for more information.
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