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Civil Rights Leader Visits School

EUGENE, Ore. — A leader in the civil rights movement paid a visit to Kelly Middle School Thursday.

Dolores Huerta met with members of Ganas, an after-school group for Latino students. Huerta is known as an activist for farm workers’ rights, and she also co-founded the National Farmworkers’ Association with Cesar Chavez, which later became the United Farmworkers.

Organizers of the event hope it’ll give students an up-close look at history and social studies.

“How much more impactful it is to hear it from the person than to read about it, and I think that’s one of the big things, connecting to our history because it’s so often not present in our schools,” said Jill Torres, former director of Ganas.

The students gave Huerta a Ganas hooded sweatshirt to show their appreciation for her visit.

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