Dolores Huerta to receive Radcliffe Medal

first_imgDolores Huerta, the civil rights icon who fought to build a nationwide coalition protecting farm workers, will receive the Radcliffe Medal on May 31, the last day of Harvard’s Commencement week, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study announced today.The award, a highlight of the institute’s annual Radcliffe Day, honors individuals whose lives and work have had a transformative impact on society. Huerta, who has fought for 60 years to secure the rights of disadvantaged people and communities, is an exemplary medalist, noted Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin, who said that Huerta’s accomplishments were long unsung, particularly compared with those of her male contemporaries.Radcliffe will honor Dolores Huerta’s work on the issue that sparked her activism: the intersection of food and social justice. Courtesy of Dolores Huerta Foundation“Dolores Huerta is a towering figure in the labor, civil rights, and women’s movements,” said Brown-Nagin, a legal scholar and civil rights historian. “The fact that some individuals won’t immediately recognize Huerta’s name and know why we’re honoring her illustrates the all-too-common erasure of women from our histories.“As a historian, I am keenly aware that Dolores Huerta and other women from traditionally marginalized groups are especially likely to be omitted from our historical narratives.”In 1962, Huerta and Cesar Chavez co-founded what would become the United Farm Workers. Although her name is not as recognizable as her partner’s, Huerta’s contributions were no less significant, scholars say.Years earlier, well before food activism captured the public imagination, Huerta witnessed and experienced ethnic and gender bias as a teenager in California’s Central Valley, one of the most productive farming regions in the world. The ill treatment she saw inflicted on the workers there led Huerta to play a critical role in California’s legendary grape strike, which began in September 1965. Filipino pickers walked out of the fields to protest years of poor pay and desperate working conditions; two weeks later, they were joined by Mexican workers. The strike continued for five years, until California table-grape growers signed their first labor contracts giving workers better pay, benefits, and protections.Over the following four decades, Huerta lobbied for better legislative representation for workers, then worked to help more Latinos and women win elective office.She received the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award in 1998 and President Barack Obama awarded Huerta the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, saying, “Dolores helped lead a worldwide grape boycott that forced growers to agree to some of the country’s first farmworker contracts. And ever since, she has fought to give more people a seat at the table. ‘Don’t wait to be invited,’ she says. ‘Step in there.’ ”The Radcliffe Day 2019 program has been designed to honor Huerta’s work on the issue that sparked her activism: the intersection of food and social justice. The audience in Radcliffe Yard will hear from Huerta herself and from a panel of leading activists and scholars with perspectives on food, food production, and policy. Journalist Soledad O’Brien ’88 will moderate the discussion.The panelists will include:Health policy expert and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Professor Sara Bleich, Ph.D. ’07, RI ’19;Immigration and employment activist, lawyer, and Fordham Law School Professor Jennifer Gordon ’87, J.D. ’92;Writer, activist, and Food First co-founder Frances Moore Lappé;University of California, Davis, Economics Professor Daniel A. Sumner, who served in the U.S. Department of Agriculture under President George H.W. Bush;Chef and food activist Alice Waters.Watch the live webcast by clicking here. The event will begin at 10 a.m. Friday with a panel discussion, titled “Nourishing America: Exploring the Intersection of Food and Justice.”last_img read more

Curry inspires Warriors to opening-game win over Blazers

first_imgStephen Curry inspired the Golden State Warriors to a 116-94 win over the Portland Trail Blazers in game one of the NBA Western Conference finals.Curry scored 36 points, including nine three-pointers, for the defending NBA champions, who are playing their fifth straight Western Conference final.He also added seven assists and six rebounds as the hosts dominated.Game two in the best-of-seven series is on Thursday, 16 May, also on top-seeded Golden State’s home court.”It was a nice flow,” said Curry. “It just puts so much pressure on the defence.”It’s fun when everyone’s running around, cutting, and we’re whipping the ball around – that’s when we’re at our best.” Klay Thompson also hit 26 points for the Warriors, who won a second consecutive game without star forward Kevin Durant, ruled out because of a calf injury.The Blazers, whose side included Curry’s younger brother Seth, made just seven of 28 three-point attempts.last_img read more

Cheptegei back on track for Mo Farah, Kamworor showdown

first_imgYomif Kejelcha (Ethiopia)12:53.98 Djamal A. Direh (Djibouti)13:21.50 Paul Kipngetich Tanui (Kenya)12:58.69 Men’s 5000 MetersPersonal Best Isiah Kiplangat Koech (Kenya)12:48.64 Ben True (USA)13:02.74 William Malel Sitonik (Kenya)13:19.83 Cheptegei led for 4 of 5 laps in the men’s 10km World Cross Country Championships race in Kampala earlier this year before he collapsed. He runs in the US on Saturday.  PHOTO KCCA MEDIAEugene IAAF Diamond LeagueToday: 5,000m 11.30pmUganda’s Joshua Cheptegei gets a chance to put his athletics season back on track when he runs against double Olympic 5,000m – 10,000m Champion Mo Farah and two-time World Cross Country king Geoffrey Kamworor at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene on Saturday.Cheptegei, who collapsed spectacularly at the World Cross Country Championships on home ground in March, gets an opportunity to indicate how much he has recovered.In the 10km cross country race in March, Cheptegei set a blistering pace after two laps, but in the final lap run out of gas, suddenly slowed down, and walked to the finish line in 30th position. He was stretchered off.“He is very okay,” said national coach Faustine Kiwa, when The Independent asked about his fitness ahead of the Eugene IAAF Diamond League race.  “He even danced that night of the cross country final. The doctors said he simply stretched himself, but is fine.”That men’s World Cross Country Championship 10km race was won by Kenya’s Kamworor, followed by Leonard Barsoton. Cheptegei faces them both in this weekend’s Eugene Diamond League in the US.The other Ugandan in action Saturday is teenager Jacob Kiplimo. Kiplimo won the men’s junior gold at Kampala’s World Cross Country Championships.The World’s best The 5,000m (12.5 laps) race Saturday is a remarkable collection of the world’s best distance runners and will show how much Cheptegei,20 has recovered, on top of providing a preview of the London World Championships final this summer. (see key runners profiles on page 2 or click) Ibrihim Jeilan (Ethiopia)13:03.22 Patrick Tiernan (Australia)13:20.88 Leonard Barsoton (Kenya)13:16.25 Jacob Kiplimo (Uganda)13:19.54 Caleb Mwangangi Ndiku (Kenya)12:59.17 Mohammed Ahmed (Canada)13:01.74 Getaneh Tamire (Ethiopia)13:05.59 Geoffrey Kamworor (Kenya)12:59.98 Eric Jenkins (USA)13:05.85center_img Paul Chelimo (USA)13:03.90 Ryan Hill (USA)13:05.69 Joshua Cheptagei (Uganda)13:00.60 Hassan Mead (USA)13:02.80 Mo Farah (Great Britain)12:53.11 Chris Derrick (USA)13:08.04 Hagos Gebrhiwet (Ethiopia)12:47.53 Nicholas Kosimbei (Kenya)13:17.08 Albert Rop (Bahrain)12:51.96 Bashir Abdi (Belgium)13:06.10 The University of Oregon’s Hayward Field is the training base of Farah but Cheptegei has fond memories of the US state. It was in Eugene, Oregon that he announced his arrival on the world stage at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships by winning the 10,000m gold.Farah faces a repeat of his Rio Olympics 5,000m final, with both silver medallist Paul Chelimo and bronze medallist Hagos Gebrhiwet, 23, in the field.Friday’s night’s opening events will see Ethiopia’s Olympic silver medallist Genzebe Dibaba take another crack at the world record in the 5,000m, aiming to beat the existing mark of 14min 11.15sec held by her sister Tirunesh since 2008.Other highlights on Saturday include the men’s 100m, where Olympic silver medallist Justin Gatlin and Canada’s bronze medallist Andre DeGrasse resume their rivalry.The women’s 800m meanwhile sees Olympic champion Caster Semenya head a strong line-up which also includes Rio medallists Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi and Margaret Wambui of Kenya. Aron Kifle (Eritrea)13:13.39 Conseslus Kipruto (Kenya)13:47.5(A) Andrew Butchart (Great Britain)13:08.61 Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more