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Poets Honor the Legacy of Civil Rights Activist Dolores Huerta

By Harriet Staff


New at NBC Latino: the story behind “Poets Unite!” an evening of readings and conversation honoring United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta, coinciding with a new exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery called “One Life: Dolores Huerta,” on view until mid-May. “Poets Unite!” featured readings by Juan Felipe Herrera, Arlene Biala, and Diana García, organized by The Library of Congress, the National Portrait Gallery, and Letras Latinas. Visit the Letras Latinas blog for additional pictures of the event; read more about “Poets Unite!” via NBC News:

WASHINGTON, DC — In commemoration of the ground-breaking exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery honoring civil rights leaders and United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta, the nation’s poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera read newly-commissioned poems focusing on the life and work of the iconic labor leader. Poets Arlene Biala and Diana García also participated.

“If no one else does it, we’ll do it. Sí se puede, Dolores. Bottom line still in 2016, more food more clean water…walk the street with us into history. Get off the sidewalk, work for justice,” went part of the poem they read at the March 9 event.

“After all these years, more food, more peace, that is what you taught us. Use the feet, use the hands, each step kisses the earth… Walking for change for the good, for the usurped. The difference is your red knit vest, small enough to be a child’s, with the black eagle soaring across the room toward us. Walk with us into history, fly with us into better lives, more food, clean water. Qué viva la causa!

Continue at NBC News.

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Posted in Poetry News on Thursday, March 10th, 2016 by Harriet Staff.