“Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation” By Duncan Tonatiuh

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Ages 6+; 40 Pages; 9.3 W x 11.2 H

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“When her family moved to the of Westminster, California, young Sylvia Mendez was excited about enrolling in her neighborhood school. But she and her brothers were turned away and told they had to attend the Mexican school instead. Sylvia could not understand why–she was an American citizen who spoke perfect English. Why were the children of Mexican families forced to attend a different school? Unable to get a satisfactory answer from the school board, the Mendez family decided to take matters into their own hands and organize a lawsuit. In the end, the Mendez family’s efforts helped bring an end to segregating schools in California in 1947, seven years before the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education ended segregation in schools across America.”

An often forgotten true story is brought to light about a young girl of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent was denied entry to a Whites Only school– the Hispanic community rallied together and brought an end to segregated schools in California.

9.3in x 11.2in


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Weight 1.18 lbs