About the Film

Announcing Convocation 2019: Dolores Huerta

As you begin to plan for your early academic experiences, we are excited to announce Dolores Huerta as the 2019 Convocation speaker. Convocation marks the opening of the academic year, bringing faculty, staff, and students together to join in intellectual discourse and reflection.

Huerta transformed the U.S. labor movement by leading the first farm workers’ union with Cesar Chavez.  Receiving numerous awards for immigrants’, women’s, and workers’ rights, Huerta was the first Latina inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame (1993).

Historians and the news media have often overlooked Huerta’s accomplishments and treat Cesar Chavez as the sole leader of the U.S. labor movement and the first farm workers’ union. 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 effective and noteworthy feminists of the twentieth century.

Like so many powerful, women’s advocates, Dolores and her sweeping reforms were – and still are – largely undervalued. Even as she empowered a generation of immigrants to stand up for their rights, her own relentless work ethic was constantly under attack. Dolores remains as steadfast in ongoing social justice reform as ever at the age of 87.

Common Read Documentary: Dolores

With Dolores Huerta’s address at Convocation 2019, the first-year class and others in the Bates community join in an exploration of the 2019 Common Read Documentary, Dolores, allowing us to learn more about a social justice icon.

Peter Bratt’s provocative and energizing documentary challenges the incomplete, one-sided history and reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to the fight for justice. Interweaving archival footage with interviews from Dolores and her contemporaries, the film sets the record straight on one of the most effective and undervalued civil and labor rights leaders in modern U.S. history.