Civil rights advocate to discuss social justice, public policy at MLK forum

Dolores Huerta, president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation and co-founder of United Farm Workers, will discuss social justice and public policy at Willamette University on Jan. 20.

Her talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Willamette’s Smith Auditorium. It is part of a two-week series of campus and community activities celebrating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The full list of events is available at

The mother of 11 children, 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, Huerta has played a major role in the American civil rights movement. She’s a founding board member of the Feminist Majority Foundation and serves on the board of Ms. Magazine. She received the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award from President Bill Clinton in 1998 and was named “one of the 100 most important women of the 20th century” by Ladies Home Journal.

Huerta continues to support women’s rights and reproductive freedoms. Through her foundation, she advocates policies and provides leadership development to the working poor, immigrants, women and youths.

Her presentation is sponsored by Willamette University and the Salem Multicultural Institute. Event proceeds will benefit the World Beat Festival.


Tickets cost $10 for the general public and are available in advance through or by calling 503-581-2004. A limited number will be available at the door.

Tickets for Willamette faculty, students and staff will be available beginning Jan. 16 at Putnam University Center’s information desk. The first ticket is free, and additional tickets (up to four) cost $5 each.