Union Leader Remembers Rosa Parks

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(Modesto, CA)
Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Along with Cesar Chavez, Stockton native, Dolores Huerta founded the United Farm Workers Union in the mid-1960's.
Huerta says when the union began organizing grape and lettuce boycotts in the 60's and 70's, Rosa Parks, by then a prominent figure in the civil rights movement, lent her support and participated in some rallies.

"Farm workers went from California to New York to Chicago to Michigan and everywhere. So most of the appearances that Rosa made with our boycotts were on the east coast."

Huerta says by publicly supporting the U-F-W, Parks raised the profile of the union and gave it credibility at a critical point in its development.
Huerta also says with her reserved demeanor and persistence, Parks served as a role model for many women in the civil rights movement.