Dolores Huerta, 85 years old now, has been an international icon of freedom and dignity for all members of society. She has devoted her life to a variety of causes but some of the most notable ones include fighting for improved conditions of farm workers and field laborers and a national campaign (1965) to boycott table grapes from growers who refused to address labor union requests.
As you walk around the exhibition, you will see many an image of Dolores Huerta. These highlight her significant role as the Latina leader in the California farm workers movement of the 1960s and 70s. I was immediately drawn to a knitted vest on display. I love fashion and it was great to see that Huerta used this vest as a tool to build her public image and to be readily recognizable for her causes.
"One Life: Dolores Huerta" is on display at the National Portrait Gallery through May 15, 2016.