Mendez v. Westminster

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) presents human rights activist Sylvia Mendez with the 2010 Medal of Freedom in East Room of the White House February 15, 2011 in Washington, DC. Obama presented the medal to twelve pioneers in human rights, sports, labor, politics and arts. Chip Somodevilla/Staff/Getty Images

Mendez v. Westminster fought the segregation of Mexican-American students in the state of California in the 1940s -- and it went on pave the way for the much more famous Brown v. Topeka Board of Education.

Topics in this Podcast: not just in the south, Hispanic and Latino history, 14th amendment, court cases, legal history, segregation, Civil Rights Movement, civil rights, 20th century, U.S. history