A new documentary aims to put Dolores Huerta where she belongs: alongside the most important activists of the 20th century. Here, she tells Drew Philp about her battles, sacrifice and how to keep hope alive
Dolores Huerta is one of the most important Americans you may have never heard of. As co-founder of what is now the United Farm Workers union, and creator of one of the most recognizable campaign slogans across the world – “Sí se puede”, or what Barack Obama translated to “Yes we can”, Huerta’s public stature across the world has often been overshadowed by her male counterparts.
A new documentary, Dolores, aims to put Huerta where she belongs – alongside Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez, and Gloria Steinem as one of the most important US activists and organizers of the 20th century. It tells the story of Huerta from her beginnings in central California, to a local politician and organizer, to co-founder of one of the most recognizable unions in the world. It also tracks her eventual separation from the union, her continued activism, and her decision at the second half of her life to stand up for her own legacy.