Dolores Huerta was born on April 10, 1930 in Dawson, New Mexico.
When she was three, she and her family moved to Stockton, California. Growing up, she was influenced by her mother’s activism and compassion for the community.
Huerta went on to receive an associate teaching degree from the University of the Pacific’s Delta College.
She taught school in the 1950s but seeing so many hungry farm children coming to school, she thought she could do more to help them.
In 1955 Huerta began her career as an activist. She co-founded the Stockton chapter of the Community Service Organization (CSO). This led to voter registration drives and economic improvements for Hispanics.
Afterwards, she founded the Agricultural Workers Association and was a cofounder of the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA).