Labor rights organizer and civil rights leader Dolores Huerta will be making a rare appearance with a speech at Pride in the Park this Saturday, June 23, at the McAllen Convention Center. Huerta is best known nationally for being one of the co-founders of the organization that would come to be known as the United Farm Workers (UFW) in 1962.

Huerta has had a long career battling for civil rights. Along with her role in being a co-founder and leader for the UFW, she also co-founded the Stockton Chapter of the Community Service Organization in 1955 and the Agricultural Workers Association in 1960. She is credited with taking part in organizing several UFW’s boycott campaigns, including the famous Delano grape strike of 1965. The iconic UFW and farm worker organizing slogan, “Sí, se puede!” is credited to Huerta.

In 2017, Huerta’s life was brought to the big screen in the PBS documentary DOLORES, where her battles in the fields and in dealing with sexism in organizing circles were highlighted.

Organized by the South Texas Equality Project (STEP), Pride in the Park is the biggest LGBTQ celebration in the Rio Grande Valley. The annual event had an attendance of 5,000 people last year. STEP is expecting to see the attendance number jump up to 7,000 to 10,000 this year, including a major increase in young attendees, according to the event organizers.

Along with Huerta’s speech, the celebration will include live music, dance performances, a drag show, poetry readings, workshops, a room dedicated to LGBTQ RGV history, and the first-ever La Frontera Queer Film Fest. Entry to the event is $5 and the money raised will go directly to fighting against homophobia, HIV stigma, and for social justice issues, the event organizers told Neta.

To learn more about the Pride in the Park schedule, you can visit here.

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What: Pride in the Park
Where: McAllen Convention Center
When: June 23, 3 PM to 10 PM
Cost: $5 for adults, children under 12 get in free.

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