Dolores Huerta is a very special person — even more so in California. So it’s only fitting that the 88-year-old Latina is being honored in California by making April 10 Dolores Huerta Day!
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed it into law, and while April 10 will not be a state holiday, this day will be recognized as her day and rightly so! She has done so much for Latinos and inspired countless people all over the world.
“This law requires the CA Governor to annually proclaim April 10 as Dolores Huerta Day, would designate and set apart that April 10 of each year as having special significance, and would encourage all public schools and educational institutions to observe that date by conducting exercises remembering the life of Dolores Huerta and recognizing her accomplishments and the contributions she made to the State of California and the farm worker community,” Emilio Huerta, Huerta’s son, said on a Facebook post.
Thank you Governor Brown & Assemblymember Reyes for honoring our mother’s life and work. Si Se Puede!”
When the bill was first proposed, Huerta said, according to Vida del Valle, that she was ecstatic about the day recognition. “I’m happy to hear that our young learners will have the opportunity to learn more about social justice and civil rights because there is still a lot of work to do by the Dolores Huerta Foundation.”
“We have low-income communities with inequitable representation in local education, and at the same time, they are facing tough anti-immigrant and racist rhetoric, all happening right in front of our faces. We need to continue organizing to empower communities so that they can fight for their representation, voting rights, and an equitable education to change the future for a fair and just society and human rights for all,” said Huerta.
While April 10 maybe devoted to Huerta, for us Latinas, Huerta is remembered always.