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Living Legend: Dolores Huerta Visits Denver for "Bold Women. Change History."

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DENVER, Colo. (OCTOBER 31, 2019)—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. 

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Founder and president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation and co-founder with Cesar Chavez of the United Farm Workers of America, 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.

Bold Women. Change History. Speaker Series: Dolores Huerta
Thursday, December 12, 7–8 p.m.
History Colorado Center
1200 Broadway, Denver CO 80203
303-HISTORY | h-co.org/BoldWomen
Tickets: $25 / Members $15 / Students $5

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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.

About Dolores Huerta
Dolores Huerta is a civil rights activist and community organizer. She has worked for labor rights and social justice for over 50 years. In 1962, she and Cesar Chavez 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.

About Bold Women. Change History.
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). Journalist Maria Hinojosa (November 6), Human rights advocate Carol Anderson—author of the critically acclaimed White Rage (Bloomsbury, 2016)—and astronaut Susan Helms (Lieutenant General, USAF, Ret.) join Huerta among upcoming presenters in the series. Bios, event details, and tickets for all events are available via h-co.org/BoldWomen.

Call to Action
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 dialog. For more information about ways to get involved and participate, visit COWomensCentennial.org, call 303-620-4933, or email HC_COWomensHistory@state.co.us.

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As an effort that empowers Coloradans to see themselves making an impact in their communities, Bold Women. Change History. mirrors several ongoing initiatives at History Colorado. They include What’s Your Story?, a new core exhibit opened October 19 that introduces visitors to 101 passionate Coloradans, and guides guests to their own powers for positive change; the Year of La Chicana, a community partnership that connects the core issues of the Chicano movement with present day issues of social justice, identity, and inclusion—which welcomed more than 800 guests to its opening event at the History Colorado Center on September 21; and the Museum of Memory project, a public-history initiative to help communities reframe challenges and struggles into histories of resilience and pride, which garnered more than 480 participants last year.

About History Colorado
History Colorado has become a force for finding new and inclusive ways to serve Coloradans. In 2018 History Colorado provided programs to more than 18,000 students in their own schools, and assisted more than 40 schools with bus funds, to expand efforts that now serve more than 85,000 students annually. Its all-day Hands-On History program at El Pueblo History Museum responds to the four-day school week that is now administered by 61% of Colorado school districts.

History Colorado’s mission is to create a better future for Colorado by inspiring wonder in our past. We serve as the state’s memory, preserving the places, stories and material culture of Colorado through the History Colorado Center and statewide Community Museums, educational programs, historic preservation grants, research library, collections and outreach to Colorado communities. Visit HistoryColorado.org, or call 303-HISTORY, for more information.

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