The John Steinbeck Award

Dolores Huerta

The three themes of legendary civil rights activist Dolores Huerta’s life have been community, community, and community. On September 23, Huerta took part in a panel discussion in Morris Dailey Auditorium with Thomas A. Saenz, president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and three members of the activist band Ozomatli. The discussion addressed controversial legislation in Arizona, the delay of the Dream Act, the threat of deportations, and the need for a new Chicano rights movement—all subjects that would have interested Steinbeck. Fittingly, at the end of the evening, as she received the Steinbeck Award, Huerta led all assembled in a cheer of “¡Viva John Steinbeck!”