Civil Rights Leader Dolores Huerta Honored by the Los Angeles Dodgers

Civil Rights Leader Dolores Huerta Honored by the Los Angeles Dodgers

What can you give a Latina activista who already holds accolades like the United States Presidential Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights and the Presidential Medal of Freedom? If that activist happens to be Dolores Huerta – a lifelong baseball fan –  then the Los Angeles Dodgers' Community Hero Award is the only prize that will do.

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On Sunday, the Civil Rights leader received the sports award, which honors the legacy of Latino Dodgers and cultures in the city, at the Viva Los Dodgers festival.

Huerta, whose enduring activism has included everything from workers’ and immigrants’ rights to women’s equality, also threw the ceremonial first pitch at Sunday’s Dodgers-Pirates game.

The Mexican-American activista was also joined by families from The Dolores Huerta Foundation, which she formed in 2003 to help grassroots community organizing. Dodger first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and his wife Betsy, who host 72 fans on each Sunday home game, paid for the families’ tickets.

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The Dodger’s award came three days after the 50th anniversary of the National Farm Workers Association voting to join the strike by American Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee against Delano-area grape growers.