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On Sunday, April 29, the Dolores Huerta Foundation is hosting a “zoot suit tardeada” in downtown Los Angeles to celebrate the longtime activist’s 82nd birthday. The afternoon party will include food, mariachi, remarks by Huerta, and live music and dancing. The celebration will also honor the 70th anniversary of the Sleepy Lagoon trial and zoot suit riots of Los Angeles in the 1940s, and special guests include original cast members of the Zoot Suit film and play. Zoot suit attire is strongly encouraged.
April 29, 2012
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
La Plaza De Cultura y Artes (Next to Olvera Street)
501 North Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Admission: $30 General / $50 Preferred Seating
Table Sponsors: $1,000 * $2,500 * $5,000 * $10,000 * $25,000
Tentative Event Schedule:
2:00-3:00 p.m.: Special Performance - Surprise Musical Group
3:00-4:00 p.m.: Lunch Served - Mariachi
4:00-4:30 p.m.: Guest Speakers & Zoot Suit Numbers
5:00-6:00 p.m.: Dancing & Music by the Anthony Prieto Band
To purchase tickets, visit www.doloreshuerta.org/events.
Dolores Huerta was co-founder, with César Chávez in 1962, of the National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers). She is a feminist, labor leader, farm workers advocate, community organizer, and gay rights activist, among others. Proceeds of this event will benefit the Dolores Huerta Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that organizes low-income working-class communities in California’s Central San Joaquín Valley. Read an interview with Dolores Huerta in Americas Quarterly here.