The Dolores Huerta Collection

History tells us that César Chavez transformed the U.S. labor movement by leading the first farm workers’ union. But missing from this story is the equally influential co-founder, Dolores Huerta, who tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez becoming one of the most influential feminists of the Twentieth Century. Like so many powerful female advocates, Dolores Huerta, her sweeping reforms and important contributions, were, and still are, largely overlooked and even dismissed in current day American History courses.

These four lessons, developed in support of PBS Independent Lens program Dolores, invite teachers and students to rectify the historical record by accurately situating Dolores Huerta as one of the most influential and formidable American civil rights leaders. By watching the full film, or integrating selected film segments within each lesson, students have the opportunity to be inspired by her ongoing work and struggle to secure civil rights for marginalized communities across many sectors of society.