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Stockton Names Street After Activist Huerta

Oct. 11, 2012
Dolores Huerta
Dolores Huerta

The honors for Stockton, Calif.-raised civil rights champion Dolores Huerta keep mounting.

Two days after locking arms with President Barack Obama in southern San Joaquin Valley, the Texas community of Weslaco renamed a street after the iconic activist.

It is the first street in the United States named after Huerta, who spent her formative years in central Stockton.

Weslaco, population 35,000, held a ceremony Wednesday renaming Paso Del Norte after Huerta. The city is not far from the Mexico border.

A series of community events this week in nearby McAllen, Texas, also will honor the internationally known labor leader.

On Monday, Huerta was in Keene to help dedicate the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument in a presidential ceremony. She left Chavez's grave site arm in arm with the president.

She and Chavez helped form the United Farm Workers in the mid-1960s. Huerta, 82, lives in Delano, just north of Bakersfield.

Earlier this year, during a White House ceremony, Obama presented Huerta with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor.

In addition to recognition through numerous similar awards, several schools have been named in Huerta's honor: four elementaries in California, one in Fort Worth and a high school in Pueblo, Colo.

Stockton's Dolores Huerta Elementary, 1644 S. Lincoln St., is one of those schools.

Source: (c)2012 The Record (Stockton, Calif.) Distributed by MCT Information Services

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