STOCKTON — Paying homage to a civil rights icon, Delta College will formally dedicate the newly renamed Dolores Huerta Plaza on Thursday, Sept. 19.
It’s just one in a series of events recognizing Latinx Heritage Month.
The dedication will include the unveiling of a plaque in honor of Dolores Huerta, who attended Stockton College – as Delta College was formerly known -- on the road to becoming a passionate advocate for the rights of farmworkers and the disenfranchised.
The event is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Plaza. Live music will be provided along with food (free for students with a Mustang ID). The public is welcome.
Here are some of the other events happening in September and October for Latinx Heritage Month (“Latinx” is a gender-neutral term for Latino or Latina). For a full list, click here. The public is welcome at all events.
• In recognition of Constitution Day on Sept. 17, the film “Mendez vs. Westminster: For All the Children” will be shown at noon in the Tillie Lewis Theatre. Sylvia Mendez, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, will discuss her family’s fight to end school segregation.
• “La Vida Loca,” a one-man show written and performed by Carlos-Manuel Chavarria, tells the story of a gay Mexican immigrant in California, exposing discrimination and prejudice in a comical, serious and sometimes confrontational way. The show is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Tillie Lewis Theatre.
• The annual Indigenous People’s Day Dance will take place at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 10 on the President’s Patio, in front of Goleman Library. Learn about rich native traditions through performance and discussion.
• A new exhibition, “Latinx: Art Beyond the Border,” will open Oct. 17 at the L.H. Horton Jr. Gallery. A reception is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The exhibit runs through Nov. 7.
Delta College trustees approved the renaming of the Dolores Huerta Plaza last year, and donors contributed funds for a plaque in Huerta’s honor and for a scholarship fund in her name.
“Renaming the Plaza is a fitting way to recognize her incredible legacy, and to teach students what it means to be an advocate and to stand up for what’s right,” said Professor Sarah Seekatz, who teaches history at Delta.
“We’re thankful for the support of the donors both on campus and off campus who made this happen,” added fellow history Professor Lynn Hawley. “We hope the public will celebrate the unveiling with us and attend our other Latinx Heritage Month events as well.”