Civil Rights and Labor Leader Icon Dolores Huerta to Speak at Human Relations Commission Annual Dinner October 10

(June 15, 2018) - The Evansville-Vanderburgh County Human Relations Commission will hold its Annual Dinner and Mayor’s Celebration of Diversity Awards on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Old National Events Plaza.  The keynote speaker will be Dolores Huerta. Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta is a legendary labor leader, women's advocate and civil rights activist who co-founded the United Farm Workers (UFW).Working alongside UFW President César Chavez, Huerta was involved in numerous community and labor organizing efforts in Central California and quickly became a skilled organizer and negotiator for the union. In the UFW, she was instrumental in the union's many successes, including the strikes against California grape growers in the 1960s and 1970s. As an advocate for farmworkers' rights, Huerta was arrested twenty-two times for participating in non-violent civil disobedience activities and strikes.

Huerta stepped down from her position at the UFW in 1999, yet she continues to work to improve the lives of workers, immigrants, women and children. As founder and president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, she travels the country engaging in campaigns and influencing legislation that supports equality and defends civil rights. Five decades since the creation of the UFW, Huerta still works tirelessly developing new leaders and advocating for the working poor, women, and children. She speaks regularly to students and organizations across the United States and abroad about issues of social justice and public policy.

Huerta has received numerous awards and honors for her activism and community service including the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award from President Clinton, The Puffin Foundation's Award for Creative Citizenship, the Ellis Island Medal of Freedom Award and The Smithsonian Institution's James Smithson Award, among many others. In 2012, President Obama bestowed Huerta with her most prestigious award, The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.

The 2018 Mayor’s Celebration of Diversity Awards will be presented at the Human Relations Commission Annual Dinner. The awards recognize businesses, organizations and individuals that embrace and celebrate diversity. Click here to submit a nomination for the Mayor’s Celebration of Diversity Awards. The deadline to nominate is September 10, 2018.

Ticket donations are $35 per person. Corporate sponsorships are also available. For additional information, please contact the Human Relations Commission at (812) 436-4927, hrc@evansville.in.gov or visit 2018 Human Relations Commission Annual Dinner