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Historical Figures to Know and Research During Latinx & Hispanic Heritage Month

Historical figures in Latinx & Hispanic Heritage

There are many current and historical figures in the Latinx & Hispanic community that have impacted culture and heritage. We will highlight three here and encourage you to follow the links below to learn more about each one as well as many other individuals that have impacted Latinx & Hispanic history.

Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta

Social Activist who worked with César Chávez, is known for her slogan “Si se Puede (yes we can),” civil rights activist, who is still currently active. At 92 she has 4 schools named after her and is the figure head of the Dolores Huerta Foundation1.

Amelio Robles Ávila

Amelio Robles Ávila

Transgender soldier of the Mexican Revolution who joined in 1912. Amilio was a leader in the Zapatista movement, earned many medals of honor in the Mexican army and was respected and gendered correctly in his military career during the early 20th century. The military accepted his claims to masculine identity and granted him a veteran’s pension. In 1970, he was officially recognized as a Veteran of the Mexican Revolution and awarded a medal as Honorary Legionnaire of the Mexican Army. In 1973, he received the Badge of Military Merit.  He died I December of 1984 at the age of 952

César Chávez

cesar chavez

César Chávez was a renowned Mexican American labor leader and civil rights activist. He dedicated his life’s work to what he called la causa (the cause). La Causa is the struggle of farm workers in the United States. Additionally it was to improve their working and living conditions through organizing and negotiating contracts with their employers. Chávez founded the National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers of America) and won important victories to raise pay and improve working conditions for farm workers in the late 1960s and 1970s. Chávez received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994, after his death3.

1 – Dolores Huerta | Dolores Huerta Foundation

2 – Amelio Robles Ávila | Legacy Project Chicago

3 – Ceaser Chavez l History

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