By Lynn Ponder: Since I was recognized by LATISM as a Top Latina Blogger and had the once in a lifetime experience of participating in a policy briefing meeting at the White House, inevitably I have been more attentive to our President activities.
One that caught my attention occurred last week on May 29th where President Obama honored 13 Americans with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Medal of Freedom is the highest honor awarded to civilians in the United States. It was established in 1963 by President Kennedy and is presented to those who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
This year Latinos are very proud as one of the 13 Americans honored was Dolores Huerta—a civil rights, immigrant, workers and women’s advocate—received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work with the National Farmworkers Association, her co-founding of the United Farm Workers of America, and her pivotal work in securing California’s Agricultural Labor Relations Act of 1975 along with disability insurance for farmworkers in California. Dolores Huerta has dedicated her entire life to bettering the lives of others and was honored for her service. As recently as 2002, she started the Dolores Huerta Foundation.
Amazing accomplishments and a hard act to follow but her leadership, determination and kindness to our culture and latino community is not only an inspiration but real motivation to do better, to help, to be kind, to succeed in our dreams. Si se puede!!!
The President said:
“Together, the honorees on this stage, and the ones who couldn’t be here, have moved us with their words; they have inspired us with their actions. They’ve enriched our lives and they’ve changed our lives for the better. Some of them are household names; others have labored quietly out of the public eye. Most of them may never fully appreciate the difference they’ve made or the influence that they’ve had, but that’s where our job comes in. It’s our job to help let them know how extraordinary their impact has been on our lives. And so today we present this amazing group with one more accolade for a life well led, and that’s the Presidential Medal of Freedom.”
Dolores Huerta talks about her experience:
I am a proud Latina learning from each experience and opportunity that comes my way and without a doubt that Dolores Huerta has moved me to continue spreading goodness and positive messages but most importantly to never give up on my dreams.