Show Notes: Mendez v. Westminster

Tracy Wilson

Sylvia Mendez speaks before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District in 2011. USACE photo by Richard Rivera

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down segregation in its Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954, but my public education, which started about 25 years later, was dramatically influenced by its legacy. So was Holly's. We also both learned about segregation in the context of African-American and Caucasian children. But in the American Southwest, segregation was often about removing children with Mexican heritage from "white" classrooms and schools. The court case that ended this practice - which was never on the books as California law - was Mendez v. Westminster.

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