Dolores Huerta Writing Contest: Walk it, Like I talk it

Canal Washington, D.C.


The Mexican Cultural Institute is pleased to introduce its 2021 writing competition honoring Dolores Huerta, an unselfish advocate of social justice and respect for human dignity. This writing competition focuses on educating our communities about the legacy she started in the 70s that has transcended into our present time. 

Dolores Huerta is one of the most influential Hispanic labor activists of the 20th century and a prominent leader of the Chicano civil rights movement. With César E. Chávez, she founded the United Farm Workers Union (UFW), where she fought for civil rights for Latinos and farmworkers. Her most significant accomplishments have been through nonviolent demonstrations such as protests and marches. Dolores Huerta’s passion for and success in activism have not gone unnoticed. She has received of many honors, such as the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award in 1998 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012. 

The title “Walk it, like I talk it” is inspired by the famous quote by Dolores Huerta, “WALK THE STREETS WITH US INTO HISTORY. Get off the sidewalk.” 

The bilingual (English and Spanish) writing contest title is Walk it, like I talk it Students may relate the following questions to themselves or others in their family, school, neighborhood. While writing, students should keep in mind what Dolores Huerta has fought for and how she has inspired others. Why does it only take one person to make a change? Why is it hard to stand up for someone else? 

The Mexican Cultural Institute encourages students to research the historical context of Dolores Huerta, so that they can have a better understanding of the significance of her words and actions in today’s society.