Political activist Dolores Huerta

Published 10:42 AM ET, Thu July 4, 2013
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Dolores Huerta is a labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farmworkers Association with Cesar Chavez. Huerta is still active politically and continues to serve as a role model in the Latino community. Here Huerta poses for photographers at the Hispanic Heritage Awards on September 7, 2000, in Washington, D.C. Huerta won the award in the field of leadership. Michael Smith/Newsmakers/Getty images
Huerta sits in 2003 with California first lady Sharon Davis, right, and Rep. Hilda L. Solis as democratic presidential hopeful the Rev. Al Sharpton speaks at a media conference at California State University in Los Angeles. David McNew/Getty Images
California Gov. Gray Davis shares a moment with Huerta after thousands of immigrants, union members and supporters marched down Market Street in San Francisco during a send-off event for the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride, a national movement to build support for reform of U.S. immigration policy on September 20, 2003. David Paul Morris/Getty Images
Huerta gives a speech at the "Lift Ev'ry Vote" Hollywood fundraiser for Democratic presidential frontrunner John Kerry on May 22, 2004, at the home of Michael Keegan in Los Angeles. Amanda Edwards/Getty Images/Getty Images
Huerta arrives at the 2005 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year tribute dinner at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on November 1, 2005, in Beverly Hills. Vince Bucci/Getty Images
Huerta nominates Sen. Hillary Clinton for U.S. president during day three of the Democratic National Convention in 2008 in Denver. Barack Obama was officially nominated as the Democratic candidate on the last day of the four-day convention. Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Huerta looks at a mural of the late Cesar Chavez during a 2008 dedication of the Cesar Chavez Monument on the San Jose State University campus in San Jose, California. Paul Sakuma/AP
Huerta attends the 24th Annual IMAGEN Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 21, 2009, in Beverly Hills. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Image
Huerta poses with L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and actress Eva Longoria at the Hollywood Reporter's philanthropist of the year award reception on November 16, 2009, in Los Angeles. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Huerta speaks alongside United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez, as well as Fernando Chavez and Paul Chavez, sons of civil rights activist Cesar Chavez outside the White House on March 31, 2010. President Barack Obama signed a proclamation designating March 31 as Cesar Chavez Day SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
President Obama presents Huerta with a Presidential Medal of Freedom in the East Room of the White House on May 29, 2012. Alex Wong/Getty Images
Huerta poses with Tallahassee City Commissioner Andrew Gillum and People for the American Way President Michael Keegan at the DNC on September 4, 2012, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Michael Strider/Getty Images
Huerta attends Voto Latino's Purple Carpet Bash at All American Pub on September 5, 2012, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ken Charnock/Getty Images
Huerta speaks at the National Women's History Museum during an event honoring Huerta and Jennifer Siebel Newson on October 25, 2012, in Los Angeles. Todd Oren/Getty Images for NWHM
Huerta and former editor of Le Monde Diplomatique Ignacio Ramonet speak during a news conference about the Cuban Five at the National Press Club on May 30, 2013, in Washington. The news conference was the kickoff event for "5 Days for the Cuban Five in Washington, D.C." organized by the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 and the Institute for Policy Studies. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images