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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Episode link: Mendez v. Westminster
- Aguirre, Frederick P. "Mendez v. Westminster School District: How It Affected Brown v. Board of Education." Journal of Hispanic Higher Education 2005.
- Blanco, Maria. "The Lasting Impact of Mendez v. Westminster in the Struggle for Desegregation." Immigration Policy Center. 3/25/10. http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/perspectives/lasting-impact-mendez-v-westminster-struggle-desegregation
- PBS Learning Media. "Mendez v. Westminster: Desegregating California's Schools." http://www.teachersdomain.org/resource/osi04.soc.ush.civil.mendez/
- Puente, David and Michelle Rozsa. "The School Desegregation Case You Don't Know." CNN. 2/3/2012. http://inamerica.blogs.cnn.com/2012/02/03/an-important-latino-civil-rights-victory-born-from-a-mexican-puerto-rican-alliance/
- Sanchez, Claudio. "Before 'Brown v. Board of Education.'" NPR. 3/22/2004. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1784243
- State Bar of Texas. "Mendez v. Westminster School District of Orange County." http://www.texasbar.com/civics/High%20School%20cases/mendez-v-westminster.html
- Strum, Philippa. "Mendez v. Westminster: School Segregation and Mexican-American Rights." University Press of Kansas. 2010.