Kern County's Dolores Huerta inducted into California Hall of Fame

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Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers, is interviewed by a TV news crew at the dedication of the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument in Keene, Calif., Monday, Oct. 8, 2012.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Kern County's Dolores Huerta, an icon in the fight for immigrant and female rights, is being inducted into the California Hall of Fame alongside Hollywood legend Warren Beatty and Hall of Fame football quarterback Joe Montana.

Gov. Jerry Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown will induct the seventh class of Californians into The California Museum's hall of fame on Wednesday in Sacramento. It's the museum's signature fundraising program, celebrating the Californians who embody the state's spirit of innovation and achievement.

Bakersfield's own Merle Haggard is a past inductee, along with such luminaries as Walt Disney, Ronald Reagan, George Lucas, "Dr. Seuss," Barbra Streisand, Buzz Aldrin, Earvin “Magic” Johnson and The Beach Boys. Hall of fame classes >>

Huerta is the co-founder of the United Farm Workers, teaming with Cesar Chavez, who was a member of The California Museum's first hall of fame class in 2007. Huerta was given the 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. More on Huerta's honors >>

Others being inducted this year are Gregory Bateson, Charles and Ray Eames, Ishi and movie studio Warner Bros.

"One of the most famous Latinas in the Unites States, Dolores Huerta has played a major role in the American civil rights movement as a community organizer and social activist for over 50 years," reads her induction bio on the The California Museum's website.

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Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.